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Napoli target four new faces

Napoli are planning to make four summer signings as they prepare for life in the Champions League.

President Aurelio De Laurentiis revealed he would look to strength the squad after they finished third in the Serie A standings to earn direct qualification to Europe's premier club competition.

"We must reinforce our midfield with at least two signings,'' De Laurentiis told Gazzetta dello Sport. "We also need a forward, who is capable of reaching double figures. In total we need to make four signings.''

Udinese's 26-year-old midfielder Gokhan Inler has been linked to Napoli but De Laurentiis claims his club are looking for younger talent.

"Inler would not resolve all of our midfield problems,'' he said. "He would be an immediate solution but not an investment for the future. He is a great player but we are looking at young players of 23 or 24 years old.

"(Udinese winger) Alexis Sanchez would be a dream for us while we are monitoring (River Plate midfielder Erik) Lamela, just as other clubs are.''

De Laurentiis, meanwhile, denied that he has received offers for Slovak midfielder Marek Hamsik. Hamsik, who scored 11 goals in 37 league appearances for Napoli this season, is a reported target of AC Milan.

"I have met (AC Milan vice-president Adriano) Galliani three times this week and he has never asked me about Hamsik,'' De Laurentiis said. "I have not received any offers.''

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