Inter Milan’s reported interest in Tottenham Hotspur striker Roberto Soldado should only be entertained by the north London club if the Serie A giants are willing to reconsider their stance on Mauro Icardi.
The Premier League outfit previously failed in their previous attempt to prise the 22-year-old away from his San Siro employers over the summer, with the Lilywhites tabling a bid of some €25 million for the Argentine.
Speaking to Corriere della Sera back in August, Inter Milan director Piero Ausilio confirmed the bid for the “untouchable” forward.
"We already received an offer of over €25m for Icardi and turned it down," he said
"We built the team respecting certain economic parameters. We chose, following Walter Mazzarri’s indications, only players with great ambition, sense of belonging, determination, grit and naturally quality."
Yet two months on from those quotes and Inter are already 10 points off current Serie A leaders Juventus, following a 3-0 loss to Fiorentina at the weekend.
That was the Nerazurri’s second consecutive league defeat, following on from a 4-1 home loss to then-bottom-of-the-table Cagliari.
With manager Walter Mazzarri already under pressure following this poor start, the Inter project is in danger of collapsing already this term and the prospect of no European football next term could be enough to convince Icardi that his future lies elsewhere.
Should the Argentine push for a move away then Tottenham could capitalise on Inter’s interest in Soldado with an offer of €25 million plus the Spaniard to land the former Sampdoria striker.
A skilful forward who is capable of finishing in some style as well as laying on goals for his teammates, Icardi has already racked up four goals in seven league appearances for the Nerazzurri this term and could be the kind of signing to help Spurs challenge for a top four place.
Soldado, meanwhile, looks to be on his way out of White Hart Lane, with his most recent appearance in the Europa League tie with Besiktas seeing the Spaniard fail to register even a single shot on goal, despite starting the match for the Lilywhites.
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