Marotta: ‘Anyone who wants Icardi…’

Inter director Beppe Marotta confirmed Edin Dzeko, Romelu Lukaku and Nicolò Barella are targets, while “we’re ready to negotiate with anyone” who wants Mauro Icardi.

Marotta sat down with Sky Sport Italia for a lengthy conversation and discussed their transfer strategy.

He was first of all asked about Icardi and the supposed meeting between wife/agent Wanda Nara and Juventus director of sport Fabio Paratici.

“I heard about this alleged meeting through the media, but I have nothing concrete to tell me if they met or not. We wouldn’t even have felt the need to disguise it.

“We’re ready to negotiate with anyone who wants to buy Icardi, respecting the value of this player.”

Inter need to sell Icardi and Radja Nainggolan before they can make more investments, which is stalling several moves.

Roma want €20m for striker Dzeko and Manchester United €80m for forward Lukaku, while Cagliari are holding out for €50m before parting with midfielder Barella.

“Dzeko and Lukaku are very interesting players who have different characteristics. They are both targets and I won’t deny that.

“As for Barella, we want to complete this transfer. It’s only right that Cagliari state their asking price. We want to bring him here because he encapsulates our values.

“He’s also Italian and we think it important that an Italian club has a solid core of homegrown players to achieve important results.”