Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has issued a hands-off warning to Manchester United regarding their reported interest in star midfielder Marek Hamsik.
The Slovakian World Cup star - dubbed as an ideal replacement for Paul Scholes - is believed to have been a target for Sir Alex Ferguson last summer, but a bid never materialised.
The Red Devils are now believed to be ready to register their interest officially, with many believing that Ferguson is trying to keep any potential deal quiet with his announcement that no new signings will join the Old Trafford outfit in January.
De Laurentis is trying to discourage any interest from Manchester United, and believes that the idea of Hamsik moving to Old Trafford is laughable.
"When I read about a £35 million offer from Ferguson for two of our players (Hamsik and team-mate Edson Cavani) I almost started to laugh," he told Radio Marte in Italy.
"We have to stand up a compact team which above all has heart. There is no point talking about exciting names.
"There was a player who left Italy for another team for a mega sum and now he is back in Italy for much less. You don't have to spend to expand and become invincible."
Ferguson is hoping to reinforce his squad in order to provide backup for star players Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, who will be hanging up their boots in the not-too-distant future.
Injuries and poor form to his current charges have concerned Ferguson to the point where is knows he will have to strengthen with a big signing at some point.
Slovakian captain Hamsik has enjoyed his three years at Serie A side Napoli so far, twice winning the Slovak Young Footballer of the Year award along with scooping the club’s top goal scorer gong in consecutive years.
However, Napoli captain Hamsik has opened the door to a move to Manchester United by admitting it would be difficult to shun the advances of the English giants.
Hamsik said after his side's 1-0 win over Brescia on Sunday: "These are nice sounds. It would be difficult to say no to Manchester United."
Wayne Rooney has recently questioned the club's transfer policy after a summer of buying unproven talent, when players like Rafael Van Der Vaart, Mesut Ozil and David Villa were also available. Hamsik would definitely fit the bill as a big signing and would add a much needed new dimension to the Red Devils midfield.
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