Inter Milan may have previously rebuffed any suggestion that star striker Mauro Icardi would leave the club during the current transfer window but that stance could have been thrown in to doubt after the Argentine clashed with Nerazzurri supporters over the weekend.
Eurosport reported late last week that Liverpool were set to do battle with both Chelsea and Arsenal in their bid to land the 21-year-old attacker, while Tottenham have been linked to the ex-Sampdoria star throughout January.
But despite several reports claiming that a move to the Premier League appeared imminent, no official bid was forthcoming, leading many fans to believe that a mid-season move for Icardi was dead in the water.
However, that viewpoint may need to be reassessed after a weekend in which the striker clashed with Inter fans following the Milan club’s 3-1 defeat by Serie A minnows Sassuolo.
Icardi came off the bench to score for the Nerazzurri but could not prevent Roberto Mancini’s team slipping to a second successive defeat in the league and one that leaves them 13 points off a Champions League qualification place.
Worse still, after the game ended, the Argentine was involved in an altercation with travelling supporters.
Approaching the Inter followers after the game, alongside teammate Fredy Guarin, the striker threw his shirt into the crowd to thank them for their attendance but soon found the shirt thrown back by fans evidently unhappy at Inter’s display.
That prompted Icardi to verbally abuse the Nerazzurri crowd, with several reports claiming the forward launched into an expletive-filled rant.
Icardi has since issued an apology for his outburst but it remains to be seen whether the fans are willing to forgive and forget.
The ex-Sampdoria man, meanwhile, could be open to an immediate exit and the opportunity to play in the Premier League or even the Champions League, though any deal will need to be concluded in double-quick time.