Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio has made it clear that Mauro Icardi is not for sale at any price, amid growing speculation claiming the player was in advanced negotiations over a transfer to Napoli. Arsenal are also trying to seal the transfer of Icardi as Wenger looking for reinforcements in the attacking department.
The Argentine striker was reportedly close to agreeing on a deal that would see him move to Inter’s rivals Napoli as a replacement for Gonzalo Higuain, who joined Juventus last week.
Sky Italia had reported that Icardi’s wife Wanda Nara, also his agent, had held talks with Napoli over a move for the 23-year-old, while some Italian publications claimed a five-year deal was in place.
However, Ausilio has moved to rule out such rumours emphatically – insisting that while the club had held talks with Napoli, Inter would not be selling for any price.
“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 said.
“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.”
Ausilio added: “There are no problems with the player. He’s working well, he’s been with us for years and he’s become the captain of a club with a glorious past.
“We’ve always paid attention to his requests. We renewed his contract at the right time and now is not the right time to renew it again.”
Wenger has already missed out on striking targets Higuain and Jamie Vardy and Arsenal fans will almost certainly be concerned with the club’s recruitment strategy in terms of landing a new forward.
The young Argentinean forward scored an impressive 22 league goals last season and has followed that up with another 16 this campaign. He is starting to show consistency in his goal scoring and, at just 23-years-old, he still has room to improve.