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Reports: Mauro Icardi contract extension closer to completion

After ownership step-in, contract may be at hand.

FC Internazionale v Benevento Calcio - Coppa Italia
Mauro Emanuel Icardi of FC Internazionale is challenged by Alessandro Tuia of Benevento Calcio during the Coppa Italia match between FC Internazionale and Benevento Calcio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 13, 2019 in Milan, Italy.
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I think I speak for many in this community when I say I will just be happy when it’s over.

And, reports are that the contract extension saga between Inter Milan and striker Mauro Icardi may soon come to an end.

Sportmediaset reported Wednesday that negotiations between Inter, Icardi and his wife/agent Wanda Nara have progressed and could soon be complete.

FC Internazionale v AS Roma - Serie A
Chairman of Suning holdings group Zhang Jindong (front) and FC Internazionale president Steven Zhang attend the Serie A match.
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Of course, that only came after Inter Milan owner Zhang Jindong and his son/Inter president Steven intervened in the process.

Now Nara has not made it a secret that Icardi is seeking a new deal. In fact, just about every chapter of this ongoing saga has been played out either in Italian or Argentinian media as Nara has no qualms with spreading the news publicly.

According to Sportmediaset, Inter is offering an annual salary of €7 million. That would nearly double what the striker makes currently. Another part of the deal is an increase to the release clause, which is currently set at €110 million. While new Inter CEO Beppe Marotta is not a huge fan of release clauses, Icardi’s new contract could include a €180 million release clause – only payable by teams outside of Serie A.

Earlier it was reported that Nara told Italian media Inter fans have nothing to worry about because Icardi still has two years left on his contract, which is true. It was reported that Nara was seeking a salary of around €9 million per year, but while that is likely a bit high for Inter, they seem to be willing to come close to Icardi’s demands.

Regardless, if the news is accurate, this saga will soon come to a close and, hopefully, we won’t have to go through this … at least not for another year.


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