Tuesday June 14 2011
Napoli join Roma for Lamela

Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini has revealed that he faces competition from Napoli in the chase to sign Erik Lamela.

The 19-year-old River Plate player is considered as a rising star of the Argentine and South American game.

Sabatini recently flew to Argentina to watch him, but he has told Radio Kiss Kiss that Napoli are keen on the attacking midfielder too.

"I am aware of the interest from Napoli and we are, to a degree, also watching him," the official noted.

"However, we are aware that perhaps such a swoop isn't right at this moment in time, especially as it will be very complicated to complete.

"We are talking about a boy with a strong personality who is doing and has already done important things.

"Nevertheless, I can't rule out the possibility that he will remain in Argentina for at least one more season as he is still very young."

Lamela is being valued at €12m and has also attracted the interest of Lazio and Milan in recent times.

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