In the upcoming January transfer window, it appears Inter Milan are poised to reach an agreement on a contract extension with captain and striker Mauro Icardi.
According to some reports, there will be a salary increase and the contract will run through 2023, which appears to be good news for the Nerazzurri. The contract extension would include a salary of about €7 million per year in addition to the extension. There has been no reports suggesting what the buyout clause would be.
But, as with most deals, there could be a fly in the ointment for Interisti.
Yesterday, Wanda Nara, made comments suggesting that even with a contract extension, Icardi would still be able to leave the club at any time, which is technically true.
However, she went on to suggest that Inter had wanted to sell Icardi to Derby d’Italia foes Juventus.
She told Italian television show Tiki Taka “Renewal close? Inter’s offer doesn’t exist.
“I have to sit down and talk and I still haven’t done so,” she said. “Inter wanted to send him to Juventus … But Mauro always said no and wanted to stay at Inter.”
A deal with the Old Lady would have included sending Gonzalo Higuain to Inter for Icardi to pair him up with Cristiano Ronaldo.
Okay, I can kind of see it, but what would be the motivation to say such things in public? It didn’t happen and it doesn’t matter now as with a contract renewal pending, it isn’t likely to happen anyway.
Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio has claimed Mauro Icardi will NEVER join Juventus.— Coral (@Coral) December 19, 2018
He's been linked to Real Madrid in recent times. pic.twitter.com/JeY07I3yAk
Then, she goes on to complain about how Inter management doesn’t talk to her about her husband’s deal.
“Nobody picks up the phone to ask me [about Icardi’s contract],” she said. “Icardi has to make a renewal that I want first, but you do not have to come up with non-existent stories that Mauro has no market or that the club is nervous with me.
“The club contacted me during the Champions League [group stage] for the renewal of Icardi and I replied that first let’s finish the group stage and then we’ll talk about it. I cried after being unable to reach the last 16. An exchange with Juve was scheduled with [Gonzalo] Higuain, to convince me they told me he would be paired with Cristiano Ronaldo and that it would be the only number nine.”
What is this woman thinking?
Icardi and Inter 'very far' apart in contract negotiations maintains Wanda Narahttps://t.co/leR44nzynr pic.twitter.com/6X6nBrS5YR— AS English (@English_AS) December 18, 2018
First off, I am not really sure why Nara is Icardi’s agent. It seems she lacks the basic skills required to be a good agent … communication.
I can certainly see why Inter Milan management would be hesitant to talk with her, because she seems slightly unstable. To air out dirty laundry on a national television program is juvenile at best.
Albain Moreno, Icardi’s former agent, even suggested that Wanda Nara is bad for Icardi’s future as his agent.
”Icardi as a striker has given a lot on the field, but he has a negative figure next to him, who thinks only about money. His work on the field is phenomenal, he has grown a lot in Italian football because his mentality and physique are perfect for the league,” he said, as quoted by Calciomercato. “But Wanda Nara thinks only about money and not of his image and values as captain of Inter. An agent can talk about a contract renewal, but it is the way that is very important. You cannot say ‘the numbers of Icardi are these’ and put everything on social media. She needs to go to Inter and talk and not put everything on the internet and the media.”
There is a lot of truth to that statement.
I’m not saying that his wife shouldn’t be involved, but c’mon, really?
Now, she has gone out of her way to torment Inter management — especially new CEO Beppe Marotta and sporting director Piero Ausilio.
Icardi will get his extension, raise and increased buyout clause, but I can see relations between the club and Nara continuing to get worse.
Perhaps it is time for Icardi to find a true professional agent to do the talking for him.
What do you think? Post your comments below!