Liverpool reportedly saw a last-ditch €30m bid for Inter striker Mauro Icardi rebuffed on deadline day as Jurgen Klopp looked to add firepower to his squad.
After being dropped for the Derby della Madonnina on Sunday and with widespread speculation of a tense relationship existing between Icardi and coach Roberto Mancini, it appeared as though the Argentine international was set for an exit.
His misery was further compounded by missing a penalty after coming off the bench against AC Milan, which ensured that he stayed at nine goals for the season which is in stark contrast to his prolific record from last year.
According to the Corriere della Sera, as noted by Football Italia, Liverpool did make a €30m bid on Monday, but with such little time to find a credible replacement, Inter rejected the offer and kept hold of the 22-year-old.
Nevertheless, while the Reds may have missed out on this occasion, provided that the situation at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza doesn’t improve for Icardi over the next few months, Jurgen Klopp may well reignite his interest in signing him in the summer.
It has already been claimed that Mancini will be sacked if he doesn’t secure Champions League football for next season, and with Inter currently winless in their last four league games, the Italian tactician will be desperate to turn things around sooner rather than later.
His future would therefore have a direct impact on whether or not Icardi stays in Milan, as he may well choose to start afresh if there is a coaching change.