Liverpool transfer target Mauro Icardi was the subject of a €25m bid from a mystery club but it was rejected according to Inter Milan director Piero Ausili.
The Argentina international emerged as a Liverpool target earlier this month, after Brendan Rodgers turned his attention away from Swansea star Wilfried Bony. Depending on the report you read, Liverpool are either still interested in Bony or have firmed up their interest in Icardi instead.
They were reportedly quoted €30m for the forward, which means it's no surprise to hear that Inter have rejected a €25m offer.
Ausili, as reported by Portuguese newspaper A Bola, said: "We have received an offer of around €25m for Icardi, but it was not accepted. He and Mateo Kovacic are untouchable because they are fundamental to our project."
Inter Milan recently signed Pablo Osvaldo from Southampton on a season-long loan, potentially opening the door for Icardi to depart. But the Italian giants, who signed Icardi from Sampdoria last year, are keen to ensure they receive a big fee for the talented 21-year-old.
He's managed nine goals in 22 league appearances for Inter, hardly a prolific return for a striker reportedly being lined up to replace Luis Suarez, last season's Premier League top scorer.
Who made the bid then?
A Bola does speculate which clubs could have made the €25m bid, and it includes Liverpool. Other contenders are Atletico Madrid, Roma and Monaco.
Liverpool continued their preseason with a 4-0 win over Borussia Dortmund at Anfield this afternoon. Former-Inter Milan playmaker Coutinho was the star of the show.