Napoli unsure about Lavezzi
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis would be keen on signing Fiorentina's Stevan Jovetic if Ezequiel Lavezzi is sold.
By Simone Bargellini
Last Updated: 23/07/11 5:44pm
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has revealed he would be keen on signing Fiorentina's Stefan Jovetic if striker Ezequiel Lavezzi is sold.
However, the San Paolo supremo is unsure whether a club will come in and pay the £27million release clause in the player's contract.
The 26-year-old helped Napoli into the UEFA Champions League group stage after finishing third in Serie A last season.
And with coach Walter Mazzarri looking to strengthen his squad, De Laurentiis admits it will be the player's choice if he decides to stay or go.
"It's in the hands of Lavezzi's agent," he said. "We'll now see how good his agent is and I hope that he gives him the right advice.
"I can't do anything because of the clause in his contract. I just hope that he makes the right decisions. I would hate it if he left."
He added: "If he were to go, then we'll be happy to take a substitute like Fiorentina striker Stefan Jovetic."
And, in response to De Laurentiis, Jovetic's agent Fali Ramadani hit out at the Partenopei, telling calciomercato.it: "The player is happy to remain in Florence.
"The president of Napoli can say what he wants, but we have not talked to anyone and we don't intend to do so."
Meanwhile, the agent of Lavezzi is adamant that the Argentina striker is happy to remain at the San Paolo.
Alejandro Mazzoni has been angered by repeated speculation regarding the 26-year-old, who bagged nine goals for the club last campaign.
He told Radio Kiss Kiss: "You are mounting a case that doesn't exist and it's not true that we're trying to sell him.
"El Pocho is a Napoli player and he is happy here. However, if a super offer comes in for him, then we would be happy to speak to De Laurentiis."