So, the question over will he or won’t he may be close to being answered.
Will Argentine striker Mauro Icardi look for a summer switch to the Premier League or not has been a question asked since last summer, but so far Icardi seems to be staying put at Inter Milan ... for now.
In a recent rebuff to a man wanting to be Icardi’s agent, Wanda Nara – Icardi’s wife and his current agent – told media outlets Icardi is “happy” at Inter. She also told the agent – Mino Raiola – to basically shut up and mind his own business.
She said a few teams made overtures during the winter mercato, but those were turned back by the team’s leading scorer.
“In the last period, a couple of important teams have revealed that they want Mauro,” she said as quoted by the Mirror and the Daily and Sunday Express. “I’m taking care of his future, I have to listen to them, evaluate the offers and the situation. Names? No names.”
Icardi has been linked to Manchester United, Arsenal and Real Madrid among others.
Raiola has gone so far as to suggest he should be the one representing Icardi, but Wanda Nara said that change isn’t happening anytime soon.
“I have been dealing with Mauro’s contracts for over three years and we have already signed two renewals with Inter,” Nara said. “He is happy with how I work and has never thought about changing representation.”
After all, all those agent fees structured in contracts actually get to stay in the Icardi house and not parsed out to another agent or firm, so there’s that.
Recently, the club sought to increase Icardi’s salary to keep him from leaving the San Siro in the summer. That increase would be roughly €1.8 million a year to €6.5 million annually. Inter would toss in incentives to sweeten that pot as well.
To do that, management wants to remove the release clause, but Nara countered with a €7 million salary and a release clause valued at between €150 million to €200 million – his current release clause is €110 million. If the club wants to remove the clause entirely, Nara asked for a salary of €8 million.
A survey of the highest paid footballers show that Icardi’s €8 million yearly would still be below the top 25 wages in the sport. It is even below the €10.5 million Inter’s Chinese sister club Jiangsu Suning is paying midfielder Ramirez. The wage would make Icardi the highest paid player in Italy – ahead of AC Milan’s Leonardo Bonucci’s €7.5 million annual wage.
The fact that his wife said he is “happy” at Inter is encouraging though.
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