Inter sporting director Marco Branca has distanced the club from reports suggesting they were behind a slow-down in Napoli's progress for Palermo striker Edinson Cavani.
The Sicilians confirmed Cavani would be joining Napoli for €16 million after president Maurizio Zamparini conceded the club had accepted an offer.
"Cavani is a Napoli player," he told the press on Thursday.
But hours later a tremor was registered at the Ata Hotel in Milan, where Riccardo Bigon was speaking with Cavani's entourage and Palermo chiefs over the deal.
Voices claimed the move had gone cold because of an interest from the Nerazzurri, who had reportedly made a last gasp attempt in the knowledge Mario Balotelli had received offers from Manchester City, who made an official bid last night.
But Branca has said the club are not behind Cavani's teething problems.
"I categorically deny that Inter are behind this presumed problem between Cavani and Napoli," Branca told Pianetazzurro.it.
"The player interested us, but not anymore because those two clubs have found an agreement. Inter are not playing these games."
Sky Sport Italia suggest the deal between Cavani and Napoli was held up after issues relating to image rights came to the fore.
However, it seems the deal has started to gather new steam and Napoli are expected to blow the whistle on it and officialise the move later.