Despite previous reports, Inter Milan have said that Mauro Icardi is not for sale, at least not to Napoli.

Over the weekend, rumours began to pick up that Inter striker, Icardi, was on his way to fellow Serie A club, Napoli. However, Inter’s sporting director, Piero Ausilio, has admitted that although talks have taken place, they will not be selling to their rivals.

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

Although Ausilio does say that Icardi won’t be going anywhere, he seems hell-bent on not allowing arguably their best player jump ship to Napoli, which, in theory, leaves the door open a little wider for us.

Saying this, Football Italia believe that Napoli are still after the striker and set to make an improved offer. Although, if Ausilio sticks to his word, no matter how much they offer, it won’t be enough.

I should point out that, at this moment in time, I don’t believe Icardi is going anywhere. He’s already said he’s happy at the Italian club and I don’t think he would be saying that if he was looking for a move. He seems focussed on next season and not the speculation surrounding his future.

Lacazette then…?