22-year-old Argentina international Icardi has been enjoying a great season with Inter, with his goal against Cagliari on Monday taking his seasonal tally to 19 in 32 appearances.
His form for the Serie A giants has led to a wealth of interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs, and Inter president Erick Thohir has laid down an asking price for the young striker to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
The Telegraph was running the story of Chelsea’s interest during the January transfer window, also claiming they could follow up the interest with a move for him in the summer, whilst the Daily Mail claimed that the Blues’ Premier League rivals Manchester United were also keen on Icardi, having sent scouts to watch him in Serie A on several occasions.
Icardi’s current deal expires in 2018 and Inter are in talks to tie him to a new contract, both as a transfer deterrent, but also to ensure that they receive a good fee for him if he wants to leave. TMW reported earlier this week that the Nerazzurri were close to accommodating his previously extreme contract demands as the interest levels grew, and club president Thohir is set to arrive in Milan on Friday to wrap up the deal with Icardi’s representatives.
However, this contract will do little to secure the player’s future to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, as Inter are well aware that he will likely leave the club if Champions League football is not guaranteed for next season. As reported by La Gazzetta, Thohir is well set to lose Icardi to a Champions League club if Inter miss out on European football, but he has admitted that a fee of nothing less than €40 million will be required to sign the highly-rated forward.
The article states: “If the figure put on the table by a big foreign club were to touch €40 million, and there is no Champions League [for Inter], Icardi will go away automatically, although he wishes to remain considering Inter are already big.”
The asking price placed on Icardi’s head is large for a young striker who is only really enjoying a breakthrough goalscoring season this term. If he continues to score at his current rate for another year or two, then it is expected that a large European club will move for him, but, in the current financial climate, a €40 million outlay on a player with no proven history appears a risky move.