Inter Milan are open to selling captain and star striker Mauro Icardi this summer, but will only do so for a fee above his £50.7million evaluation (via Daily Star).
The Gunners are well in the market for a centre forward after failed attempts to sign Alexander Lacazette from Lyon. It seems however Arsene Wenger could turn his attentions back to Icardi who was thought to be unattainable.
The clubs president Erick Thohir confirmed the Serie A striker is expendable should the right offer come along, opening the doors wide open for Arsenal.
“All of us and Inter are hoping that figure goes above 60million euros,” Thohir is quoted as saying by the Daily Star.
“Inter will be here for hundreds of years but it is made of individuals who change each year.”
Napoli are also hot on Icardi’s trail after selling Gonzalo Higuain to Juventus. Reports had suggested the Serie A outfit had launched a €60m offer, however Thohir said Milan are holding out for more.
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“We are hoping to receive a better offer.”
“Mauro is an important player for us and our captain. However, players come and go.”
At these kind of figures, it’s likely Wenger will remain hesitant for a 23-year-old that clearly hasn’t been Arsenal’s number one or even two or three transfer target this summer.
But this is the reality of the modern day transfer landscape. Will Wenger deem Icardi worthy of smashing the Gunners transfer record? Unlikely. But the player is available for the right price.