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Marotta: Inter Milan still hopeful of selling Mauro Icardi

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CEO Giuseppe Marotta announced that Inter Milan still hope to offload outcast Mauro Icardi before Monday’s transfer deadline.

Icardi’s future has suffered plenty of lows this year after learning he’s got no part in new manager Antonio Conte’s plans. It came shortly after Inter stripped him of the captaincy and handed record signing Romelu Lukaku his No.9 jersey.

Despite his current circumstances, however, the 26-year-old isn’t short of options should the rumours be true. All summer long, in fact, reports have linked him with moves to Serie A rivals Juventus and Napoli.

While La Liga giants Atletico Madrid and AS Monaco from Ligue 1 have also allegedly expressed an interest in signing the Inter striker.

But Icardi’s wife and agent, Wanda Nara, recently suggested he will remain at the San Siro. Shortly after this announcement, Inter handed the No.7 jersey to the Argentine for this season.

Alexis Sanchez’s arrival from Manchester United, though, appears to have struck fresh doubts on Icardi. Now the club have seven attackers in their ranks, and will probably need to offload some players.

And Marotta remains confident that Icardi could be one of them.

“When we acted, we did so with a conscience and a sense of responsibility,” he told Tuttomercatoweb.

“The club have the duty and right to choose their stance. They have to make decisions. We’re certainly not self-harming. We always act with respect for our players. After that, great difficulties arose.

“There are only three days left, but I still hope that it can be resolved in a positive way. We can’t say everything publicly, but we always do things responsibly.”

Icardi has scored 124 goals in 219 appearances for Inter in all competitions since his €13m arrival from Sampdoria in 2013.

Marotta, meanwhile, also confirmed that the Nerazzurri’s pursuit of new signings is finished after signing Sanchez.

MILAN, ITALY – JANUARY 29: Giuseppe Marotta attends the Italian Sporting Directors Prize on January 29, 2019 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Vincenzo Lombardo/Getty Images)