Inter insists Mauro Icardi is not for sale


Inter Milan have insisted striker Mauro Icardi is not for sale amid reported interests from Napoli and Arsenal.

Latest reports even claim Inter have opened discussions with Napoli over a possible sale of the striker who the Naples club are looking to use as a replacement for Gonzalo Higuain, who has moved to Juventus.

But the Nerazzurri have come out to insist the Argentine striker is not for sale.

Icardi netted 16 times in 33 Serie A games last season and reports in Italy had indicated that Wanda Nara, Icardi’s wife and agent, had already opened negotiations with Napoli about a move for away from the San Siro for her husband.

Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio admitted they had held meetings with Napoli but insisted the club are looking to keep all their ‘top players’ ahead of a fresh charge on the league title, following their disappointing run last season.

“For sure there have been meetings with Napoli, but we’re not selling [Icardi] to Napoli, and it’s not a question of money,” Ausilio was quoted on Sky Italia.

“There is no agreement. Inter will be keeping Icardi, as well as other players. Our ambition is to reinforce the squad and the club by keeping our top players.

“I’m not interested in what Napoli can offer. Icardi doesn’t have a release clause in his contract and Inter doesn’t want to sell him. It’s as simple as that.”