Marek Hamsik is worth more than AC Milan's Alexandre Pato - Napoli president

Aurelio De Laurentiis responds to reports linking Slovakian with Serie A champions and claims there will be no swap deal involving other players as he sets sights on Erik Lamela
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has made it clear that there will be no swap involving Marek Hamsik and AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato.

Hamsik, 23, has been heavily linked with a move to the Serie A champions. Recent reports claimed a deal with Antonio Cassano was a possibility, but the latest speculation revolves around Pato.

However, De Laurentiis suggests he would rather keep the Slovakian than exchange him with the 21-year-old Brazilian.

"Pato for Hamsik? Please, if you allow me, I think the Slovakian is worth more," he told Radio Marte.

De Laurentiis admitted an interest in River Plate ace Erik Lamela, but said his potential arrival would not open the door for Hamsik to leave.

"Lamela is a player I like, but not for now, for the future," he said. "He would be an investment. That's it. There are always many names."

Meanwhile, reports suggest Napoli are trying to give the San Paolo a face lift ahead of next season's Champions League run.

Concerns surrounding Uefa's guidelines over the stadium's facilities could see the games played elsewhere if the venue does not conform to standards set by the governing body.

De Laurentiis said: "Without certain work [to the stadium], the games could be played elsewhere. It would be bad for all involved."

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