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Manchester City join the hunt for Icardi

Manchester City is the latest Premier League team linked to Inter's Mauro Icardi.

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The season has flown by so far and it's already almost time for the January transfer window (that's what happens when your team is actually playing well and competing at the top of the table). As a result transfer rumors have begun to heat up and the one Inter fans have been hearing most often involves last season's hero and current club captain Mauro Icardi.

There has already been talks that Arsenal and Chelsea are keen on the Argentinian, but now Manchester City is reportedly joining the race to sign the young striker. Their bid is supposedly €40m, but with multiple parties interested offers could rise in the future. All three teams could use another striker (due to injury concerns for Manchester City and Arsenal plus Diego Costa's lack of form for Chelsea) so this rumor could have some merit to it.

Inter has made it clear though that there are no plans to sell their captain. With ambitions running high and a position in the table to match, selling one of the team's best players would send the wrong signal. Also, despite Icardi not having a good week in that he was benched for the Genoa match and was robbed later that night, there have been no signs that he wants to leave the city of Milan.

Even though it looks like Inter have just bought a new striker, signs do not point to Icardi leaving the club anytime soon. Jonathan Calleri is most likely being brought in as a long-term option or a replacement for Palacio, not Icardi. The money raised by Icardi's sale would be helpful, but Mancini has faith in him and he is a proven goalscorer that has an important role in the side. Outside of a very large offer, expect the 22 year old to stick around.