Agent Lettorio Pino revealed back in December that talks were underway on a new deal, though emphasised there is no rush with Icardi’s current terms expiring in 2018.
But this fact seemingly hasn’t brought any peace to Inter, who appear remain keen to provide the Argentine with a wage bump to secure his future at San Siro.
This places the 21-year-old more in line with bit-part players in Roberto Mancini’s squad, rather than near the top of the hierarchy with the likes of Nemanja Vidic and Hernanes.
Icardi has scored 18 goals in 30 appearances across all competitions this season, making a strong case for his wages to be brought in line with his contributions.
Each would be able to provide Icardi with substantially higher wages than the cash-strapped Nerazzurri, whose highest earner is Vidic on a reported €62,000-per-week.
Furthermore, Inter are currently 13 points adrift in the race for Champions League football in Serie A, meaning it’s possible a star will need to be sold in the summer for a cash windfall.
Handing Icardi better wages would give him a greater incentive to stay and prove the Nerazzurri’s commitment to him, but the process looks to be at a halt.
According to Sportmediaset, there is a €1 million per-year gap between what Inter are willing to offer Icardi and what the young striker is demanding to renew.
The Italian outlet claims the Argentine is asking for €3 million per annum – €58,000-per-week – while Inter have put €2 million per season – €38,000-per-week – on the table.
Inter are in turn at risk of losing Icardi. A €1 million difference between the parties is nothing to sneeze at, and a compromise will need to be hammered out.
Icardi has endured a strained relationship with the club’s fans this season, calling dissatisfied supporters ‘irritating’ in an interview with Sky Sport Italia.
The Argentine also got into a blazing row with the traveling support after last week’s loss to Sassuolo, refusing to celebrate his two goals against Palermo on Sunday as a result.
Sportmediaset have since reported that Icardi met with Nerazzurri ultras to bury the hatchet, though his status at Inter is still somewhat questionable.
That said, it’s clear Inter don’t want to part ways with the Argentine. Should an agreement not arrive, however, Chelsea and Tottenham could in turn pounce.
It will be interesting to see just how far Inter are willing to bend to accommodate Icardi, arguably their best performer in what’s been a disappointing campaign for the club.