Report: Chelsea and Spurs-linked striker's contract demands not met

Inter Milan

Inter and Mauro Icardi are yet to agree terms on a new contract.

Sportmediaset has reported that there is a significant gap between Mauro Icardi’s demands on a new contract and Inter’s current offer.

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.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport’s annual Serie A wage study, Icardi earns in the region of €19,000-per-week on his current Nerazzurri pay packet.

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.

Inter are certainly acutely aware of circling sharks. The Argentina international was linked with Chelsea by The Telegraph last month, with Tuttosport claiming interest from Tottenham in November.

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.

With Inter not meeting his demands, the Premier League duo could seemingly turn his head in the summer, with Spurs in particular needing a striker to help out the impressive Harry Kane.

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.

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