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Is Juventus making a move for Mauro Icardi?

Reports suggest Old Lady want Argentine next season.

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Mauro Icardi of FC Internazionale in action during the Serie A match between Frosinone Calcio and FC Internazionale at Stadio Benito Stirpe on April 14, 2019 in Frosinone, Italy.
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Juventus has apparently made the first step to acquire Argentina striker Mauro Icardi from Inter Milan.

Corriere Torino has reported that the Old Lady are willing to pay €60 million to get Icardi from the Nerazzurri.

Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio met with Fabio Paratici while both were in London when Tottenham Hotspur met Ajax Amsterdam in the UEFA Champions League this week to discuss the prospect of an acquisition.

However, if a deal is to be had, Juventus are not willing to include Paulo Dybala in a player swap. They are only interested in paying cash for Icardi, if Inter are receptive.

Juventus v Ajax - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: Second Leg
Paulo Dybala of Juventus is challenged by Noussair Mazraoui of Ajax during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Juventus and Ajax at Allianz Stadium on April 16, 2019 in Turin, Italy.
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Juventus’ price to pay for Icardi is below the €80 million Inter may be willing to accept. On July 1, a release clause of €110 million will go into effect for Icardi, but only for clubs outside Serie A.

One reason why Inter may be entertaining such an offer is because the Nerazzurri will not be able to meet the wage demands of Icardi’s wife/agent Wanda Nara, who is asking for €10 million per season.

As for Dybala, recently reports said Juventus were willing to part ways with the Argentinian forward as he is no longer in the long term plans for the Biaconeri.

He has 10 goals in 39 appearances, but it is suggested he seeks more of a leadership role with a club. Juventus manager Max Allegri has asked Dybala to play out of position in favor of Cristiano Ronaldo moving up front.

Juventus plucked Dybala from US Palermo in 2015 for €40 million and bonuses and it is likely the Old Lady will ask for upward of €80 million to see him off in the summer.

If a swap is not in the cards, Inter would have to either pony up more cash or look elsewhere for a potential replacement for Icardi.

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