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Is Mauro Icardi set to become the highest paid player in Serie A?

Inter Milan could sweeten a new contract.

AC Chievo Verona v FC Internazionale - Serie A
Mauro Icardi of Internazionale FC scores the opening goal during the serie A match between AC Chievo Verona and FC Internazionale at Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi on April 22, 2018 in Verona, Italy.
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Thanks to a strong start and a recent up-tick in performance, Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi could lock himself into being the highest paid player in Serie A.

According to Calciomercato, interest abroad on the Argentinian has cooled and Inter Milan management have opened the door to a contract negotiation.

“Let’s talk about it,” said Inter Sporting Director Piero Ausilio, as quoted by Fabrizio Romano of

FC Internazionale v Cagliari Calcio - Serie A
Mauro Emanuel Icardi of FC Internazionale Milano looks on during the serie A match between FC Internazionale and Cagliari Calcio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on April 17, 2018 in Milan, Italy.
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At present, Icardi earns right around €6 million per year with the Nerazzurri and a new contract could add about €2 million on top of that. The striker has a release clause in his contract of around €110 million that only teams outside of Italy can take advantage of.

Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germaine have reportedly been interested in Icardi, but that interest has cooled as Ausilio has expressed a desire to take a second look at Icardi’s contract at the end of the season.

Inter is currently locked in a battle to secure a Champions League spot next season. Heading into this weekend’s Derby d’Italia with Juventus, the Nerazzurri are in fifth – one point back of both Lazio and Roma.

“There are still four matches left and we need to keep winning to get the best possible returns, particularly because Roma and Lazio won’t back down.,” Icardi told Inter Milan’s team website.

As it stands, Inter has already secured qualification to the Europa League next season after missing out on European football altogether this season.

Furthermore, Ausilio told Mediaset Premium that the Nerazzurri would not have to sell Icardi, even if the team fails to qualify for the Champions League.

“I don’t think we’ll need to necessarily sell a big player if we don’t get into the tournament, as last season we found a different way to balance the books too,” Ausilio said.

Icardi currently has 26 goals on the season following finding the back of the net last weekend at Chievo.

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