Luciano Spalletti's comments on Inter Milan ace Mauro Icardi spell bad news for Tottenham

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 are reportedly keen on signing the Inter Milan ace.

 

Luciano Spalletti head coach of FC Internazionale looks on during the serie A match between Udinese Calcio and FC Internazionale at Stadio Friuli on May 6, 2018 in Udine, Italy.

Inter manager Luciano Spalletti spoke to Italian media outlet Calcio Mercato about the future of Mauro Icardi, and it could be bad news for Tottenham, who are reportedly interested in signing the Argentine superstar this summer.

Italian media outlet Corriere dello Sport reported last week that Spurs have identified Icardi, 25, as the ideal summer signing.

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.

The Argentina international has a release clause inserted into his current deal with the Nerazurri worth €110 million (£96.4 million), so Tottenham would surely have to sell one of their own superstars, before making any kind of move for the Inter hitman.

Their hopes of signing Icardi appear to have been dealt a blow, however, following Luciano Spalletti's comments on the striker.

The Inter boss told Calcio Mercato:

Mauro Icardi of FC Internazionale reacts during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and US Sassuolo at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 12, 2018 in Milan, Italy.

"With Mauro I have spoken several times and he sends very clear signals. It is never doubtful. Inter is fine and wants him to stay. You have to be ready for anything, but for the moment there are no signs or even doubts about what his will is."

Inter qualified for the Champions League on the last weekend of the Serie A season, with a 3-2 away win at Lazio, so Icardi could very well be tempted into staying at the San Siro for another season at least.

Much will depend on whether Harry Kane remains in north London, however. If the England international does leave Spurs, Mauricio Pochettino will have the kind of money at his disposal required to sign someone like Icardi.

The England international looks set to stay at Tottenham for another season at least, though, and that combined with Spalletti's comments on Icardi makes a move to north London for the Argentine this summer seem very unlikely.

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