Cuper signs Inter starlet

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Hector Cuper has announced that Mallorca have signed Alessandro Potenza from Internazionale.

Potenza, though, is not likely to be the only arrival at Mallorca as Cuper still wants four more new players before the season kicks off next month.

The Argentinian coach stated that the Italian's arrival spells the end for up-and-coming defender Ivan Ramis at the club.

Potenza, who is 21 next month, will join the Balearic side at their pre-season training camp in Kossen but it is the removal of Ramis from the squad that has caused surprise in Spain.

"He needs to play regularly and to improve some aspects of his game," Cuper explained, hinting that a loan deal maybe the solution for Ramis.

"There are elements that he can improve on by playing games every week for another team."

Ramis broke into the Mallorca side during the 2003-04 campaign after working his way through the club's youth ranks and appeared 22 times last term.

But Cuper believes that the Spanish Under-21 player is not good enough for his new-look squad.

Potenza is the fifth signing to arrive this summer after Mallorca brought in Toni Prats, Borja, Francisco Maciel and Fernando Navarro but the coach still wants another four players including a central defender and a new striker.

However, Cuper has moved to trim his squad by releasing goalkeeper Alberto Cifuentes and agreeing to allow Cameroon midfielder Daniel Kome go out on loan.

Cifuentes leaves after three years at the club, while Kome - who spent last term on loan at Getafe - is to join Cuidad de Murcia on a season-long loan.