Inter forward Mauro Icardi has reportedly been put up for sale by the club, with his wife Wanda Nara confirming the latest developments.
Atletico Madrid, Tottenham, Manchester United, West Ham and Juventus have all been attributed with an interest in the Argentine forward, although it’s the Spanish outfit that have immediately stood out as favourites to sign him.
However, it’s expected that a bidding war could be sparked now, with all the clubs mentioned above interested in bolstering their attacking options ahead of the upcoming campaign, and have been singled out by Italian media as interested parties.
“From what I can see, Inter have put Icardi up for sale. There are many clubs interested. We will evaluate the situation with all due respect for everyone,” she told calciomercato.com.
“Mauro would be very sad to leave Inter, but we’ve understood the club’s economic situation and evidently they cannot hold Icardi back.
“There is no release clause in his contract and we hope Inter won’t ask for a sum that is outside the market value, but rather suited to his contract.”
Meanwhile, Icardi’s wife and agent continued her explanation on Twitter insisting that it’s not the player’s will to leave, but more so that the club need to sell for financial reasons, although there were accusations that her demands for an improved contract have forced their hand.
The news didn’t go down well as she started arguing with pundits on the social media website, and as the situation turns ugly, it remains to be seen what the future holds for Icardi.
Further, it will also be a blow for the club given that the new season is fast approaching, with the Nerazzurri kicking off their pre-season schedule on Saturday.
The last thing Roberto Mancini needs is for his top goalscorer to be on the verge of leaving, and he will now possibly be scouring the transfer market for an able replacement if a fee can be agreed with a club and personal terms reached to seal Icardi’s exit.