Arsenal target Thiago Motta has never turned down an offer from the Gunners, but is keen to remain in Italy it has been revealed.
According to skysports.com, the player's agent Daniele Canovi has intimated his clients desire to stay at the San Siro and fight for his place in the Inter Milan side.
Arsene Wenger reportedly turned his attention to Motta after losing out on the signature of Ricardo Alvarez, ironically to Inter.
But he now faces a fight in his attempt to bring the Brazilian-born midfielder to the Emirates Stadium this summer.
In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, Canovi explained, "The player has never turned down an offer from Arsenal.
"He wants to remain at Inter and if the coach (Gian Piero) Gasperini wants him, he will continue to wear the Nerazzurri colours."
With Arsenal already facing the prospect of going into 2011/12 without the services of Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas, and want-away midfielder Samir Nasri – who are holding out for moves to Barcelona and Manchester United respectively.
Wenger is keen to recruit in a bid to ensure he has a squad capable of challenging for the Barclays Premier League title again next year.
Motta joined Inter from Genoa in 2009, and played a key role in the club winning a Serie A, Coppa Italia and UEFA Champions League treble in his first season.
Last year was not so successful, with just four goals in 19 appearances for Milan last campaign, but Motta has shown he has the ability to be a valuable addition to the Arsenal squad if a move comes to materialise.