Benitez: I want Damiao

The Spaniard has money to spend in Naples and a place in his forward line to fill following the sale of Edinson Cavani to Paris Saint-Germain
Napoli boss Rafael Benitez has admitted he wants to sign Internacional striker Leandro Damiao.

The Partenopei are seeking to strengthen their forward line before the start of the new season following the departure of last season's top scorer, Edinson Cavani, to Paris Saint-Germain.

Napoli have been heavily linked with both Gonzalo Higuain and Damiao in recent weeks and Benitez has admitted that he is a keen admirer of the Brazil international.

"Damiao is very good," the Champions League-winning coach told Gazzetta dello Sport. "Two attackers will arrive: one who is more of a centre forward and the other a support striker."

Having banked a reported €64 million for Cavani, Napoli have plenty of money to spend, but Benitez maintains he wants value for money.

"We are looking for players at a fair price," he explained. "But it is clear that to compete at a certain level we need players with experience and international quality."

While the loss of Cavani is obviously a major blow for Napoli, Benitez is enthused by the fact that Slovakia attacker Marek Hamsik is still at the San Paolo.

"Hamsik can get to the level of [Steven] Gerrard and [Frank] Lampard," the former Liverpool boss claimed. "He's a great professional and, above all, he's hungry to win and can still improve."

Benitez is returning to Serie A for the first time since a turbulent six-month spell in charge of Inter came to an end three years ago.