In recent weeks, Inter Milan hitman Mauro Icardi has emerged as a key summer transfer target for Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool.
A combination of poor form, injury, bad signings and age have meant that the Premier League trio have each had question mark over their offensive options this season.
Icardi is enjoying a fruitful campaign in Italy, despite Inter’s struggles, and has bagged 21 goals in 41 appearances for the club in all competitions this season.
He has also contributed six assists, and improving maturity is making him a much more rounded player.
His form has attracted interest from the EPL, but Inter recently agreed a new deal ‘in principle’ that ties their star asset down to an extended stay, seemingly ending speculation of a move away from the Nerazzuri.
To confirm the club’s desire not to sell the hotshot, club president Erick Thohir has sent out a warning to any club thinking of nabbing the Argentina international.
“Icardi is not for sale,” Thohir began, speaking to Corriere della Sera [via Le 10 Sport], “he is one of our most important players.
“Sometimes, money can be a problem, but not for him, because he’s a boy with a head on his shoulders.
“We are working to find an agreement on a new contract, it’s important that Mauro stays with us.”