Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio has insisted that Mauro Icardi is not for sale at any price, amid growing reports that the player was in advanced negotiations over a transfer to Napoli. 

The Argentine striker, was reportedly close to agreeing a deal that would see him move to Inter’s rivals Napoli as a replacement for Gonzalo Higuain, who looks set to move to Juventus. 

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 quash 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.”