Luciano Spalletti admits Inter have to be “ready for anything” as a big-money bid for Mauro Icardi will leave them powerless to prevent a sale.
It is those efforts, combined with a proven track record, which have seen the 25-year-old heavily linked with the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.
Inter have maintained that they have no intention of parting with their talismanic skipper, but there is also an acknowledgement at San Siro that they cannot stop other sides tabling tempting offers.
Spalletti told Sky Sport Italia on Icardi’s future heading into the summer transfer window: "I've spoken with Mauro several times and he sent very precise signals.
"He's happy at Inter and wants to stay, but then there are clubs which, if they decide to take a player, you could have been saying I won't leave here the day before, then the next day they take you and in the end you're happy to go, even though the previous day you were thinking very differently.
"We have to be ready for anything, but for now there are no signals and no doubts about what he wants."
Icardi has been with Inter since 2013, netting 107 times across five seasons.
He is now a much sought-after asset, with his wife and agent, Wanda Nara, revealing recently that “big clubs” have expressed a willingness to meet a €110 million (£96m/$128m) release clause in his contract.
She told Radio Metro: “There are some big clubs ready to pay the release clause, which is very high, but considering the figures that are circulating in football right now and the kind of player Mauro is, it’s not even that remarkable.
“There are many clubs putting pressure on, but his priority is Inter. There will be a meeting with their director of sport and the priority as of today is to stay here.”