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Arsenal Dealt Massive Blow In Their Pursuit Of Striker Mauro Icardi

MILAN, ITALY - MAY 07: Mauro Icardi of FC Internazionale Milano celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale Milano and Empoli FC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 7, 2016 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

Arsenal have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Argentina and Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi, with new Inter Milan coach Frank de Boer claiming the 23 year old is not for sale.

Former Netherlands international De Boer was today unveiled as Roberto Mancini’s replacement at the San Siro, and the former Ajax boss, in his first press conference, revealed his ambitions for the club to be targeting Champions League football next season, with Icardi a key player in achieving those ambitions.

COMO, ITALY - AUGUST 09:  Frank de Boer poses for a photo during FC Internazionale Unveils New Coach Frank De Boer at Appiano Gentile on August 9, 2016 in Como, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)

De Boer told ESPN:

“I want to thank Inter for having appointed me at this great big club; I want to bring this club to where they should be. I’m really happy to be here and I can’t wait to meet the players and also the rest of the staff here.”

“The season starts in two weeks’ time and we’re very excited and have to work hard. Of course it’s not an ideal situation, that’s clear, but still we have a very talented and experienced team. I’m pleased with what we have. We will be at one with the team and they need to believe in our philosophy like we believe in them.”

“First of all we don’t want to sell our key players for sure and Icardi is very important and I want to keep all of our important players, of course we analysed the squad very carefully, but we’ve got to see how things develop. I want everybody to stay right now and then in a few weeks we will see if we need anything else.”

MILAN, ITALY - APRIL 23:  Mauro Emanuel Icardi of FC Internazionale Milano looks on during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale Milano and Udinese Calcio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on April 23, 2016 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

With Danny Welbeck ruled out for most of the season, Arsenal were thought to be keen on bringing Icardi, who has scored 52 goals for Inter Milan in 204 appearances, to North London.

However, it now appears Arsene Wenger will have to look for an alternative option.

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