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Inter could buy Edinson Cavani as Mauro Icardi's replacement if he leaves.

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Somehow the Mauro Icardi sage continues. After rejecting numerous offers from Napoli, it seems that Arsenal might be jumping back into the race for the young striker. The numbers that are currently being tossed around for a potential bid range from €60m+ bonuses to €70m, and it just might be enough for Inter to sign off on the captain's departure.

On the bright side it looks like Inter is keen to avoid the mistakes that Napoli made and want to guarantee a replacement before agreeing to sell Icardi. Reports suggest that Edinson Cavani might be that new striker. The 29 year old currently plays for PSG and Inter looks willing to spend €50m to bring the Uruguayan to the city of Milan.

There are a lot of reasons this could fall apart. Arsene Wenger is not known for spending lots of money so dropping €70m on Icardi seems very out of character, plus if Aurelio De Laurentiis makes that bid Inter will probably reject it just to avoid strengthening a rival for the CL spots. Unless PSG brings in a top striker (there have been some rumors that they will make a move for Alvaro Morata) they have no reason to let Cavani go, especially since they already lost one top striker this summer in Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Mauro Icardi is a clinical finisher and Cavani hasn't been during his time at PSG so is it really worth it to go for an older, arguably worse player?

On the other hand this arrangement could make sense. If Arsenal submits a high enough bid then Inter can get rid of Icardi (and Wanda Nara) without selling to a direct rival. While Cavani hasn't had the best scoring record at PSG it was mainly because he was playing second fiddle to Ibrahimovic, and he has already proven himself to be a goalscorer in Serie A so he won't take much time to get used to things here. Inter would still have some leftover cash that could help with a potential move for Chelsea's Oscar, and a team with Edinson Cavani, Oscar, Ivan Perisic, Ever Banega, and Stevan Jovetic might just make Inter fans forget all about Mauro Icardi.