Parma have denied goalkeeper Antonio Mirante is being sold to Inter Milan.

Reports suggested that the Nerazzurri were looking at the Italian as a possible back-up to Julio Cesar in the new campaign.

"Mirante is one of Parma's main strengths," Tardini official Pietro Leonardi told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"These rumours are incomprehensible and absurd. I wouldn't want these reports to be a tactic to break the good atmosphere that is being built at the club.

"I haven't spoken to anyone from Inter for over a month. I really don't know what else to say to deny these ridiculous claims."

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