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Jovetic could replace Lavezzi

July 22, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has revealed he would be keen to sign Fiorentina's Stevan Jovetic if a club meets Ezequiel Lavezzi's €31 million release clause.

Ezequiel Lavezzi helped guide Napoli into next season's Champions League.
GettyImagesEzequiel Lavezzi helped guide Napoli into the Champions League.

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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has already revealed his admiration for Argentina forward Lavezzi, 26, while Malaga have also been linked, and De Laurentiis knows there would be little he could do to prevent either club signing him.

"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: "At the moment, we haven't seen anyone ready to pay €31 million."

Napoli, certain of a place in next season's Champions League group stage after finishing third in Serie A next season, would be looking to replace any key players if they departed and, asked who could come in for Lavezzi, De Laurentiis said: "Perhaps Jovetic."

However, Jovetic's representative, Fali Ramadani, has since dismissed the idea.

"The president has the right to say what he wants, but we haven't spoken to anyone and we don't intend to," he told Calcio Mercato. "The boy is staying in Florence."

Meanwhile, Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri remains confident that, even if a club did meet Lavezzi's release clause, he and the other star players would stay put.

"Edinson Cavani, Lavezzi and Marek Hamsik will all stay because they want to," he said. "Everyone knows that it is important for a coach to have good players at his disposal. I'd keep everyone, but the club has needs."