Monza CEO Adriano Galliani has denied that the newly-promoted Serie A club had made an effort to sign former Inter striker and captain Mauro Icardi, and explained that it had actually been Paulo Dybala that they were keen on.

Speaking to Milan-based newspaper Corriere della Sera in an interview published in today’s print edition, Galliani explained that the high-profile signing that the Lombard team had pursued but failed to sign was in fact Dybala despite rumours of it being Icardi.

Monza have been linked with a move for Icardi, who looks to be out of favour at Paris Saint-Germain and could return to Serie A after having left the Nerazzurri for the French capital in the summer of 2019.

However, in reality the links about the newly-promoted team chasing a big name player to reinforce their team before the end of the summer transfer window have actually been referring to Dybala, who left Juventus for Roma on a free transfer having also been targeted by Inter.

“The top player who we were looking to sign and who, as the President said, declined our offer, was Dybala,” Galliani said. “I had invited his agents to my house, but the player preferred to join a club that could compete for trophies.”