Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi has reportedly rejected the latest contract extension offer from the club.
According to Argentinian news outlet TyC Sports, Icardi’s wife and agent Wanda Nara said the Argentine international will not renew his current contract which runs through 2021.
Mauro Icardi won’t sign a new contract with Inter! [TyC Sports]— Adriano Del Monte (@adriandelmonte) January 9, 2019
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Negotiations between Inter Milan management and Nara have been tense, especially since Nara went on Italian television and said that Inter, at one point, wanted to offer Icardi to Derby d’Italia foes Juventus, but Icardi said ‘no.’
She also vented about the lack of communication between the club and herself when it came to discuss a new contract.
“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.”
Under his current contract, Icardi earns approximately €4.5 million per season and the latest contract offered by Inter would have increased that to around €7 million. His current deal includes a €110 million release clause that is only active during the first two weeks of July. Reports suggest new Inter Milan chief Beppe Marotta wants to remove the release clause from the contract completely.
It is not certain where the impasse lies between the club and Icardi.
One thing to keep in mind is that this could all be part of a game played by Nara and Icardi to draw Inter into offering a more lucrative deal for the striker.
In 16 Serie A matches, Icardi has scored nine goals to go along with the four goals scored during the six Champions League group matches played earlier this season.
Tuesday, Inter fined Icardi after he arrived to training a day late, which could also be a factor in the strain between Nara, Icardi and the club. His reason for being late was due to a delay in flying from Argentina back to Italy.
If the reports are true, Inter would likely want to sell Icardi before the middle of July to get the €110 million in his release clause. This would allow Marotta and the club to use those funds to purchase additional reinforcements for Luciano Spalletti.
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