By Harvey Byrne
Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio insists that captain Mauro Icardi will not be departing the club this season.
The 23-year-old has been linked with £38million move to Tottenham after the club reportedly jetted to Italy for top level talks last week.
But Ausilio sees the immediate future of the Argentine at the Nerazzurri after they qualified for next season’s Europa League group stage.
It is said that the Serie A giants are looking to add two or three players to strengthen their side without selling players that will weaken them.
“Icardi renewed a year ago, he’s our captain and as far as we’re concerned he’s not for sale,” insisted Ausilio to Gazzetta World.
“In addition to Icardi there are 10-11 players who we’re focusing on. We need to add something, but we’re talking about two or three players, no more.”
Inter have recently been taken over by Chinese investors and it is believed that the side are waiting to see the value of the final offer before evaluating with the new owners.
The Inter captain bagged 16 goals and four assists in Serie A for the Italian giants in 2015-16, but was left out out of the highly competitive Argentina squad for this summer’s Copa America.
It has been claimed that Tottenham’s rivals Arsenal are also keen on the 23-year-0ld forward in addition to Atletico Madrid.
Spurs are looking to add to their striker ranks this summer as boss Mauricio Pochettino aims to take the goal scoring burden off England international Harry Kane, who scored 28 goals in 50 appearances in all competitions last season.
A number of strikers have already been linked with a move to North London this summer but Michy Batshuayi has joined Chelsea for £33million and Breel Embolo signed for Schalke.
However, Spurs are said to be closing in on a £16.5million deal for striker Vincent Janssen with the deal set to be completed this week.
In other Tottenham news, France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris insists that he will return to White Hart Lane hungrier than ever.