Inter Milan have dealt a serious transfer blow to several clubs across Europe after confirming that they intend to keep star-duo Mauro Icardi and Mateo Kovacic, as per Metro.
The duo have been strongly linked with moves away from the San Siro with several clubs interested in signing them from across Europe. However, in a recent online Q&A session, vice-president and former-player Javier Zanetti confirmed their intentions are to keep the stars.
Both players have been crucial for Inter this season and, with a drastic summer expected to take place in the transfer window, it's believed that Roberto Mancini has the full backing of the Inter board ahead of a big spending window.
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Mancini has already told Icardi that he wants to make him the main figure of his team next year, with Kovacic playing a crucial role too, but with European giants sniffing around, it looked impossible for the club to keep hold of them.
Earlier in the season Inter's owner admitted that the club simply couldn't afford to keep hold of their star players due to the financial powers elsewhere, but it seems that they are now ready to fight off any interest.
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Icardi has attracted interest from the Premier League, with both Chelsea and Manchester United interested, whilst Kovacic has also lured interest from England with Arsenal and Liverpool keen. However, Zanetti has dealt the quartet massive transfer blows by confirming their plans to keep both stars.
Whilst hosting a Q&A session, the club's vice president was asked about the future of the two stars, to which he responded with: "The intention is to keep both Icardi and Kovacic."
This will come as a real blow to the Premier League sides, especially Chelsea, who were said to be lining up a £21.7million bid for the Argentine striker. Jose Mourinho is desperate to sign the Inter Milan forward as he sees him as a perfect replacement for ageing Didier Drogba.
Mourinho was busy last summer sorting out Chelsea's front-line and after selling Romelu Lukaku, Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto'o he replaced them with Drogba, Loic Remy and Diego Costa. However, the Blues boss is aware that Drogba's best days are behind him and with Icardi only being 22, he was the ideal replacement for the Ivorian.
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