£35m strike target tells Arsenal and Liverpool to look elsewhere

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Mauro Icardi

According to reports from The Express, Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi has ruled out a January move to the Premier League. 

The Argentina international has been linked with a number of top English clubs since the summer, in no small part due to him finishing last season as Serie A’s top scorer with 22 goals in 36 appearances.

He appeared to end speculation by signing a four-year contract in June and later accepting the Nerazzurri armband, but rumours of an abrupt San Siro departure have re-emerged in recent weeks – and particularly after 23-year-old was dropped by manager Robert Mancini for a title clash with Roma prior to the international break.

Indeed, the South American’s form this season hasn’t quite lived up to last year’s standards, finding just four goals across all competitions despite Inter boasting top spot in the Serie A table. But that hasn’t snuffed out long-term interest from the Premier League, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool all reportedly targeting Icardi ahead of the January transfer window.

The Gunners are believed to be particularly keen, amid reports that they’re preparing a £35million bid, but the Inter captain has now ruled out leaving the San Siro midseason.

As quoted by The Express, he told Mediaset Premium; “I stay here this season as I did the last one. I’m also the captain and I can’t leave a team which is doing good things.”

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