Inter President Massimo Moratti has revealed why Samuel Eto'o will be sold, while he's ruled out an exit for Wesley Sneijder and a swoop for Carlos Tevez.
The Cameroon international is expected to join Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala this week in a €30m deal.
"If and when he leaves then I will miss him a lot, as a player and a person," the Nerazzurri chief told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
"He is a very serious professional, a top player in the true sense of the word.
"He has managed to drag the team along and, especially in times of difficulty, he has always been on the top level.
"He is going because of the financial fair play rules and because when you get an offer like that it's hard to refuse it.
"The financial fair play is serious, not a joke whoever doesn't respect the parameters will be out of European competitions."
There were rumours that the former Barcelona player was using the interest in him to secure a new improved deal at San Siro.
"Eto'o didn't ask us for a new contract," Moratti responded. "That's the truth."
With Eto'o on his way out, Inter are now expected to sign a replacement before the transfer window closes.
"Will Manchester City's Tevez come in? I don't think we will get him," the oil baron added.
"Diego Forlan? Ezequiel Lavezzi? These are the names on which we are working we are watching, exploring, we'll see.
"Giuseppe Rossi of Villarreal? We never thought of him, we're looking for a player with different characteristics."
It had seemed as if Inter would actually sacrifice Wesley Sneijder this summer given the constant links with Manchester United.
"No negotiations for Sneijder were ever even born," the President insisted.
"If Eto'o leaves then Sneijder will stay, but he was untouchable even before this hypothesis so he is even more untouchable now. Sneijder will remain.
"The fans should stay calm. We have a strong structure, a very strong and important one.
"We'll probably lose a great player like Eto'o, but we have a team. Coach Gian Piero Gasperini will give us a style of play and someone will arrive on the market "
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