Icardi on teams’ cards?
After seeing player prices skyrocket this summer, Internazionale are desperate to tie star striker Mauro Icardi down to a new long-term contract, to ward off bids from other clubs.
24-year-old Icardi is undoubtedly one of the most talented strikers in world football, averaging a goal every 53 minutes this season and scoring 24 times in Serie A last season.
According to Premium Sport (via Football Italia) the Nerazzurri are keen to renew their key man's contract and increase his buyout clause, which stands at a tempting €110m.
Icardi signed a new deal with Inter just last October, despite a public falling out with the sections of the club's fans. Back then, a clause of €110m was inserted into the deal - which (in 2016) would have meant only a world-record bid could see him switch clubs.
However, Paris Saint-Germain changed the transfer market forever this summer after paying €222m for Barcelona star Neymar, as well as agreeing to a deal in principle with AS Monaco for the permanent transfer (expected to be €180m) of Kylian Mbappe next summer.
Inter's hierarchy are now keen to raise the Argentine striker's release clause to above €200m, while also giving Icardi a healthy raise to a salary of around €4.5m per season.