Inter Milan have warned Mauro Icardi’s admirers they have “no intention” of selling the striker, amid reports he is wanted by Napoli and Arsenal.
Icardi has been linked with a move away from Inter ahead, with Napoli reported to be leading the race for his signature with the club seeking a replacement for Juventus-bound Gonzalo Higuain.
But with speculation surrounding Icardi’s future intensifying after the Argentine missed Monday’s 3-1 friendly defeat to Paris Saint-Germain, the club’s sporting director Piero Ausilio insists they have no intention of letting their talisman leave.
“Icardi will remain at Inter, our position is very clear,” Ausilio told Fcinternews.it. “It’s not a question of money, it doesn’t matter what Napoli can offer us.
“Our plan this summer is to reinforce Inter and to do that we’re keeping hold of Icardi and our best players regardless of the figures offered. Icardi does not have a release clause and we do not want to sell; simple.
“There’s no problem between us and Icardi, he’s working very hard. He has been with us for years and become captain of a team with a glorious past. We have always been attentive to his needs and always renewed his deal at the right time.
“Many people are forgetting that we have already signed three players [Caner Erkin, Ever Banega and Cristian Ansaldi] of international pedigree and will do more still.”
Vice-president Javier Zanetti echoed Ausilio’s sentiments and stressed the importance of Icardi remaining focused on helping Inter.
“Icardi is very young and has great potential. He must keep thinking about playing, nothing more,” he said.