Inter are reportedly planning on selling striker Mauro Icardi to Atletico Madrid for €40m as they prepare to sign Jonathan Calleri as a replacement.
According to Corriere dello Sport, the 22-year-old could be sacrificed by the club despite the fact that he is considered a crucial part of their future.
The Argentinian international has struggled for goals this season, but after being appointed club captain and signing a new deal to tie him to the Nerazzurri until 2019, it comes as a surprise that Roberto Mancini would be willing to negotiate a deal.
However, it has been reported that Inter president Erick Thohir will not let him leave for anything less than €40m, but his resolve is set to be tested with suggestions that Diego Simeone could give the green light to push through for the transfer.
Meanwhile, Inter are expected to sign Boca Juniors striker Jonathan Calleri as a replacement, as noted by Corriere dello Sport, but it still seems a risky move for the Serie A leaders who have seemingly found a good balance so far this season.
Icardi has also attracted interest from several Premier League clubs in recent months, with the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool linked with making a bid for the talented youngster, as reported by the Metro.
It remains to be seen if either are keen on matching Atleti’s bid, but if not, they will likely have to concede defeat and look on as the former Sampdoria striker secures a move to Spain next summer.
The 22-year-old has scored six goals in 13 league appearances so far this season, with Inter holding a four-point lead at the top of the standings over nearest rivals Fiorentina and Napoli.