Zenit chase striker Lavezzi

Agent reveals Russian giants made bid for player in summer

Ezequiel Lavezzi: Could leave Napoli if his contract clause is activated

The agent of Ezequiel Lavezzi has revealed that Russian giants Zenit St Petersburg are keen on landing the Napoli striker.

Alejandro Mazzoni said the club made an offer directly to the Serie A high-fliers during the summer transfer window, but Napoli were not willing to part with the 26-year-old - nicknamed 'El Pocho'.

However, Mazzoni claims that if a higher offer is made come January, it could trigger the player's release clause, thought to be in the region of £27million.

Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis has recently stated that he has been angered by the fact that the Argentina International has a buyout clause written into the contract.

Maturity

However, Mazzoni told Radio Crc: "The Pocho has reached a certain maturity now and Napoli has what it takes to have a very good season in Serie A and the Champions League."

When asked about the clause in Lavezzi's contract, he said: "If we get an offer equal to that in his clause, then we would have to talk and decide together, but I'm sure Lavezzi would accept and leave the San Paolo.

"President De Laurentiis has never asked me to get rid of the clause in his contract."

And in response to the reported offer from Zenit St Petersburg, he added: "They made an offer directly to Napoli, but the club wanted to keep El Pocho and he is happy in Napoli for now, but football is like life and you cannot really predict anything in the future."