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Liverpool and Chelsea each courting Mauro Icardi

The two English sides will battle it out in order to lure the striker away from the San Siro.

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Mauro Icardi is the latest Inter Milan player that has been linked with a move away from Giuseppe Meazza, as Chelsea and Liverpool are rumored to be interested in the 21-year old.

According to reports in England, Chelsea are in front of the queue for Icardi's signature with a price of £32m being touted as the magic number to seal the deal.

The Daily Star reported that Inter might be tempted to sell their star striker if they fail to qualify for next year's Champions League, in order to replenish their finances and fund moves for other players.

Having joined Inter from Sampdoria in the summer of 2013, Icardi is one of Inter's best performer this season, with 11 goals in 20 appearances across all competitions thus far.

The former Barcelona youth product has spoken in the past that he's willing to extend his contract at Inter, but with Inter languishing in ninth place, the lure of Champions League football may prove to be irresistible.

While letting Icardi go may give Inter the necessary funds to attract other players, it's not a given that those players would be able to replace Icardi. The Argentinian is also Inter's best prospect in attack, with the rest of the attackers unlikely to figure in the team's long-term plan.

As Inter chase Champions league qualifications, keeping hold of Icardi is a must.