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Manchester City transfer boost as Inter close in on €11m striker

Manchester City could be set to receive a transfer boost as Inter are reportedly close to signing Boca striker Jonathan Calleri which in turn could allow Mauro Icardi to leave the club.

According to reports in Argentina, as noted by Football Italia, Calleri has agreed on an €11m move to the Italian giants after scoring 10 goals in 19 appearances in the Primera Division this season.

The deal is expected to be finalised in Milan next week, as the Nerazzurri successfully held off competition from Tottenham Hotspur to make the signing.

Although the deal won’t be confirmed until pen is put to paper, it is widely assumed that the 22-year-old will now make the switch to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, although Inter may have to send him out on loan for six months as they have already filled their non-EU slots for this season.

Nevertheless, Calleri’s arrival could have an impact on the future of Icardi, who has been linked with a £28.8m move to City this week.

The Argentinian international has struggled this season having scored just four goals in 12 outings, and despite remaining defiant over his future last week, it remains to be seen whether or not the club hold on to him or opt to cash in.

Having impressed with Sampdoria before enjoying a good start to life with Inter, Icardi has been starved of service at times this year which has led to his goalscoring woes.

Despite that, Inter remain top of the Serie A table heading into this weekend’s round of fixtures, with Roberto Mancini adamant that his star striker will find his form sooner rather than later.

Whether or not Icardi is given that chance beyond this season is unclear, as Calleri’s arrival will naturally lead to more questions about his long-term future at the club.

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