Napoli eye up Rossi bid
Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri admits he would like to sign Giuseppe Rossi but not to replace Ezequiel Lavezzi.
Last Updated: 13/08/11 1:25pm
Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri admits he would welcome Giuseppe Rossi but not at the expense of star striker Ezequiel Lavezzi.
The Italy international has been tracked by Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus this summer but Villarreal have refused to sell their marquee name.
Napoli's president has gone on record to state his admiration for the former Manchester United youngster, and hinted he may have to sell Lavezzi to fund any possible bids.
However, there seems to be a difference of opinion between the coach and his president, as Mazzarri is reluctant to lose Lavezzi ahead of their UEFA Champions League campaign.
"We need 22 players in the squad, that's also what Mourinho says. If someone offers me Giuseppe Rossi, I would be happy," said Mazzarri.
"Until now the names that have been mentioned weren't at Giuseppe Rossi's level and that's why I've always said I don't want other forwards.
"But as for Rossi, I hope he arrives tomorrow. That would be a great present and would make us take a step up in terms of quality."
Mazzarri, however, has dismissed suggestions that with three quality attackers in Edison Cavani, Marek Hamsik and Lavezzi at his disposal already, there would be no room for Rossi.
And he insists with the volume of games they will play due to their involvement in Serie A, Coppa Italia and the Champions League, they will need another marksman of high quality.
He added: "Yes I want him [Rossi] but with Lavezzi. I wouldn't have any problem leaving one of Rossi, Cavani, Lavezzi and Hamsik on the bench, not least because we'll be playing every three days.
"I want to manage top players whether it is Rossi, Tevez, Nilmar or Balotelli. I'd love to manage four top quality forwards."