Inter rule out Mkhitaryan swoop

English Premier League

Armenia international Mkhitaryan has fallen out of favour at Old Trafford this season, having featured in just five of the Red Devils’ last 11 matches in all competitions.

A potential move to Italy had been suggested as Inter were believed to be interested in a move for the midfielder, sparking reports United could look to take Mario from the San Siro in part of a swap deal.

However, Spalletti has revealed the Milan giants are unable to meet United’s valuation of Mkhitaryan, leaving both deals in serious doubt.

"To keep saying we need to have a big transfer campaign, after the club has made it clear there are certain parameters to be respected, seems to me the best way to get hurt," Spalletti is quoted by Goal.

"You can say names; Mkhitaryan, Pastore, Verdi. But they'd cost €30 million and we don't have that.

"We need to go and play our game, show all of our quality again. We need to focus on individual quality and make it available to the team. It will be needed in a match such as this," the Inter manager explained talking about the need to get back to winning ways following their four match winless streak.

"The players need to know that I'm absolutely certain of their quality and I know that they have potential. Things have to be fixed on their own as they have been so far," he added. "In these times, we rediscover the strength of the group, the family."