Tottenham Hotspur almost signed Mauro Icardi for half his current asking price

Mauro Icardi of FC Internazionel reacts during the serie A match between Udinese Calcio and FC Internazionale at Stadio Friuli on May 6, 2018 in Udine, Italy.

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a move for Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi this summer.

Mauro Icardi of Inter celebrate during the serie A match between UC Sampdoria and FC Internazionale at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on March 18, 2018 in Genoa, Italy.

Tottenham Hotspur were linked with a £38 million move for Mauro Icardi back in 2016 by the Daily Mail, and they will be gutted that they didn’t complete that deal now.

Spurs are said to be contemplating making a move for the Inter Milan forward this summer, as reported by Corriere Dello Sport.

But if Spurs go back in for Icardi now, they will have to pay over double what they were considering just two years ago.

Mauro Emanuel Icardi of FC Internazionale gestures during the serie A match between Spal and FC Internazionale at Stadio Paolo Mazza on January 28, 2018 in Ferrara, Italy.

The Metro claim that Icardi is valued at £80 million by Inter, due to a clause in his contract.

That price would make him impossible for Spurs to obtain, unless they reluctantly sold Harry Kane this summer.

The chances of Spurs selling Kane in the coming months look minimal, but there still may be some regret that they didn’t push harder for Icardi two years ago.

Mauro Emanuel Icardi of FC Internazionale Milano celebrates his third goal during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and AC Milan at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 15, 2017 in...

Spurs have struggled to find competition for Kane, but Icardi could have offered them that.

The Argentine forward has been a prolific scorer in Serie A, and has netted 28 times in 33 appearances for Inter over the past campaign.

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