?Mauro Icardi’s representatives have opened talks with ?Inter to discuss a new contract for the Argentine striker at the San Siro.
Icardi’s 29 goals for the Nerazzurri last season saw them return to the Champions League for the first time since the 2011/12 campaign, and it meant that he was tied with Ciro Immobile at the top of the Serie A scoring charts.
It was reported earlier this month that Chelsea, Juventus and Real Madrid had been linked with a move for Icardi, and Madrid’s sale of Cristiano Ronaldo made them the most likely destination for the 25-year-old.
?Calcio Mercato reports that Inter are attempting to nip any possible bid in the bud by offering Icardi a new contract which will increase his salary but, more crucially, renew his release clause.
A €110m release clause in his current contract has expired but it is expected that the new agreement will see that clause renewed and raised to reflect the increased importance of Icardi.
He will be rewarded for the most prolific season of his career to date with a wage increase to between €5m and €6m a year, and the new deal will extend Icardi’s stay at the San Siro until 2023.
Despite his excellent 2017/18 season, Icardi was left out of Argentina’s World Cup squad, a decision for which Jorge Sampaoli faced scathing criticism, particularly after La Albiceleste’s last 16 defeat to France.
With Sampaoli gone, Icardi – who has appeared 4 times for the national team – will hope that he can return to the setup under the next manager.
Icardi made his international debut in 2013, shortly after joining Inter, but his second cap did not come until four years later.
?Tottenham’s chances of luring Matias Vecino to the club this summer appear to have approved after reports claimed the midfielder will be left out of Inter’s Champions League squad.
The Nerazzurri will be returning to Europe’s premier competition for the first time in seven years after finishing 4th in Serie A last season. Vecino, who was a €24m recruit last summer, is set to miss out on the competition though after Inter completed the signing of Radja Nainggolan from Serie A rivals Roma.
The Uruguayan international made 29 appearances and scored three goals for the Italian club last season, prompting interest from Spurs. He also played five games for Uruguay at the recent World Cup, which ended with a quarter-final defeat against eventual champions France.
According to CalcioMercato, the Champions League snub could convince Vecino that his future lies away from Milan, which will come as a huge boost to Spurs.
Premier League rivals Everton are also thought to be interested in the player but Marco Silva would need to move midfield players on before a deal could be agreed.
Inter are also thought to be interested in Tottenham star Mousa Dembele, who the club are happy to sell this summer. It means a deal could be reached between Inter and Spurs that would see a player go each way, which would seemingly prove a good deal for both parties.
Dembele only has one year left on his contract at Spurs and the Italians are reportedly asking around £21m for Vecino, so any move would likely include the player plus cash.
Internazionale are willing to sell both Ivan Perisic and Antonio Candreva this summer in order to enable themselves to pursue Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa.
The 20-year-old Italy international, who can also be deployed as a forward or attacking midfielder, has been attracting a lot of attention and is one of the highest-rated young players in the country.
Chiesa joined the Viola 11 years ago after leaving his first club, U.S Settiganese. He made his debut for the senior side on the first day of the 2016/17 season in a loss to Juventus and has since gone on to establish himself as an important cog in their set-up.
The Italian made 36 Serie A outings for Fiorentina last season, registering eight goals and five assists, and they’re understandably reluctant to let him go.
According to Italian news source La Repubblica (H/T Football Italia), the Florence-based side are seeking a sum between €70-80m for the player, and Inter are now considering selling both Perisic and Candreva to fund a move for the attacker.
If true, this could hand Manchester United a huge boost. The Old Trafford occupants have failed in their pursuit of Gareth Bale, who is set to become Real Madrid’s main man in the wake of Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure, but they have been pursuing Perisic from last summer and could finally land him.
The Croatian midfielder was one of the stars at this year’s World Cup and was instrumental in his nation’s run to the final with three goals and one assist.
He also recorded 11 strikes and nine assists for the Nerazzurri last season and could cause quite the scramble in the market if he is made available this summer.
?Inter star Mauro Icardi is set to hold talks over a new deal at San Siro following the expiration of his buy-out clause.
The Argentine striker has been linked with a move to the biggest clubs in Europe over the past few weeks following his impressive 2017/18 Serie A campaign in which he finished top scorer alongside Ciro Immobile with 29 goals.
As reported by ?Calcio Mercato, the release clause in Icardi’s contract was believed to be in the region of £110m for foreign clubs, but it has now expired.
If clubs want to sign Icardi they will have to match Inter’s demands, with the Argentina international currently feeling settled at the Serie A club despite interest from potential suitors.
Wanda Nara, Icardi’s partner, will meet with Inter officials to discuss a new contract, and it is believed the 25-year-old wants a deal worth more than the €5.5m a season he currently earns.
Contract talks between the player and the club are expected to take place in the coming days as Inter look to once again boost the buy-out clause in the contract of their star man, which is expected to be in the region of £160m.
Still only 25 years old, Icardi still has the best years ahead of him and if he can reproduce the same type of form that earned him top goalscorer in Serie A last season then he could well be on the move come next summer.
??Fulham are set to make a bid for Bordeaux winger Malcolm, but face stiff competition from ?Inter for the Brazilian’s signature.
The 21-year-old winger was linked with a move to Fulham’s London rivals ?Arsenal and ?Tottenham as well as German giants ?Bayern Munich during the January transfer window, but ?the Sun report the Cottagers are set to continue their ambitious spending by making Malcolm their third summer signing.
Manager Slavisa Jokanovic has already added Nice midfielder Jean-Michel Seri, who nearly joined Barcelona last year, to Fulham’s ranks this summer, and the Ivorian has signed a £100,000-a-week contract at Craven Cottage.
And Fulham, who will appear in the ?Premier League for the first time since 2014 following their promotion from the ?Championship, are hoping to secure another major coup by acquiring Malcolm’s services before the start of the season.
However, the Cottagers will need to act quickly as ?Serie A side Inter have already tabled a bid to Bordeaux for the 21-year-old winger.
I Nerazzuri have offered the Ligue 1 side a £8.8m season-long loan move with an option to buy for a further £26.5m once the temporary deal expires, according to the Sun’s Warren Houghton.
Yet the French club value the Brazilian at £45m, and will be prepared to do business with Fulham should the west London club meet their demands.
Malcolm joined Bordeaux from Brazilian side Corinthians in 2015 for an undisclosed fee and has made 80 league appearances for Les Girondins, scoring 20 goals. The 21-year-old was his club’s top goalscorer last season, finding the net 12 times in 35 league appearances.
The winger also represented his native Brazil at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, but has yet to be called up to the men’s senior team.