Serie A side Fiorentina insist Montenegro star Stevan Jovetic is not for sale following speculation linking him with Premier League champions Manchester City.
The 22-year-old attacking midfielder is thought to have emerged as one of Roberto Mancini's major transfer targets, although City are yet to table an offer ahead of Friday's transfer deadline.
But Fiorentina owners, the Della Valle family, are determined to keep one of their prized assets as they look to rebuild ahead of the new Italian season.
The Viola insist they want to make new signings, rather than lose their key players, and have been linked with Manchester United's Dimitar Berbatov and Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner.
"Our owners have been very clear about Jovetic - he is not for sale," Fiorentina sporting director Daniele Prade told Italian television channel Rai 3.
"We are not one of Serie A's big clubs after two bad seasons, but we want to start again. It's a transition year."
He added: "We will take a striker and are looking for someone capable of scoring a lot of goals."