By Harvey Byrne
Inter Milan have revealed that they will not sell captain Mauro Icardi this summer.
According to The Sun, The Nerazzuri had slapped a £43million price tag on their prize asset and seem resigned to losing him this summer.
Sky Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio also claimed on his website that Arsenal aimed to set up a meeting in London to discuss a potential move.
However, these latest developments suggest that the Argentine striker will not be lining up in an Arsenal shirt next season.
“We’re not going to sell Icardi. We’ve received offers – from Napoli too – but we’re not going to sell him.” said Inter president Erick Thohir to Inter Channel. (Quotes from Sky Sports)
“We extended his contract a year ago. We’re like a family and we can always talk if there are problems or discuss what we’d like to achieve together in future.
“He’s our captain and an important player for us. We’re very happy with him.”
The 23-year-old was made captain under manager Roberto Mancini last season but failed to help the club return to the top of Serie A.
The former Sampdoria striker bagged 16 goals and four assists in Serie A last season, but was left out out of the highly competitive Argentina squad for this summer’s Copa America.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is keen to bring in a striker this summer, having placed a bid for Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette, after losing out on Premier League champion Jamie Vardy and new Juventus signing Gonzalo Higuain.
Icardi has three years remaining on his San Siro deal and it now looks almost certain that he will start the season with the Italian giants.
In other Arsenal transfer news, the Gunners cannot ‘outgun’ their big-spending rivals in the transfer market, says chief executive Ivan Gazidis.