Report: Chelsea and Manchester United linked striker set for contract renewal

Reports suggest that Inter have finally agreed to match Mauro Icardi’s contract demands.

Mauro Icardi has recently become one of the most in-demand strikers in European football, with the 21-year-old being linked to Premier League sides Chelsea and Manchester United.

The Telegraph claimed in January that the Blues were preparing an offer for the Internazionale star, whilst Manchester United have also sent scouts to watch the youngster in Serie A action, as per the Daily Mail.

Icardi’s current deal runs until 2018, and the club have set about preparing a new offer for the highly rated striker, although it appeared recently that the deal was being stalled due to his contract demands.

Sportmediaset claimed last week that Inter were some €20,000-a-week off Icardi’s demands, although the club admitted that they were not overly worried about his future - with a large fee needed to secure the player due to his already long-running contract.

There is no fear that any interested parties could approach him over a free transfer in the coming months, and with three-and-a-half years left on his deal, the Italian giants are hardly being pressed to sell him for fear of making a loss.

However, there is always the chance that Chelsea or United could make a formal offer for him, and tying Icardi down to a new deal ensures that Inter can hold off until their asking price is met.

And it now appears as if the club are willing to waive their stance on the contract demands, with TMW claiming that Inter are ready to ‘accommodate the request’ of Icardi, and are preparing to finalise the deal this week when his agent meets with club president Erick Thohir on Friday.

Whilst this does little to alter the immediate future of Icardi, the new deal will certainly make any interested parties check themselves before making a bid for the striker, knowing that they will likely have to pay an excessive fee with a number of years left on his contract at the San Siro.

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