Catania chief Pietro Lo Monaco admits they could have signed Ricky Alvarez before Inter Milan stepped in.

Alvarez joined Inter last week from Velez Sarsfield.

"Unfortunately we are a small club and we can't move like others do," Lo Monaco told Radio Kiss Kiss on Monday.

"Take Alvarez as an example. I could have brought him here for as little as €4m before an auction took place around him and he arrived in Italy for €9m."

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