Lazio president Claudio Lotito has ruled out selling star midfielder Antonio Candreva this summer, amid reports that Manchester United were interested in a move for the Italy international.
Candreva, who broke into the Italian first team at the Confederations Cup earlier this summer, has impressed both domestically and internationally over the past couple of seasons, sparking transfer rumours regarding his future.
Fellow Serie A outfit Napoli have been credited with a move for the midfielder, with new manager Rafael Benitez looking to build a squad capable of completing in Europe next season.
But it is Manchester United who have been more recently linked with the 26-year-old, after their pursuit of Thiago Alcantara ended in misery, with the former Barcelona man choosing to link up with Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich over a move to Old Trafford.
But the midfielder, who made over 50 appearances for Lazio last season, looks set to stay in Italy after Lazio president Claudio Lotito warned any potential suitors that that they would be wasting their time if they made contact over a move.
Asked about Candreva at a Lazio press conference, Lotito said: "He's not for sale. Napoli? They have never called me, but if they do, I'd say he's not for sale. Lazio are the only club who have bought players without selling. We wanted to strengthen the team again. I can also say that we have achieved all the market targets we had."
Lotito will be looking to keep hold of one of their most profitable assets as they look to build on their seventh-placed Serie A finish last season.
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