Arsenal Steal March On Spurs With Striker Due In London For Talks Over £42m Move
Arsenal have stolen a march on Tottenham as Maruo Icardi is due to fly-in to London for talks with the Gunners about a potential £42m move this week
The opening of the summer transfer window is now open for business so we’ll bring you all the latest transfer rumours and gossip from around the globe. Today, Arsenal step-up their interest in Mauro Icardi…
Arsenal have stolen a march on Tottenham as Maruo Icardi is due to fly-in to London for talks with the Gunners about a potential £42m move this week, according to the Express.
Icardi joined Inter Milan from Sampdoria in 2013 and has scored 52 goals in his 105 appearances so far for the Italian giants but his future at the San Siro has been brought in to question in recent weeks.
The Argentinean international’s agent, and wife, Wanda Nara recently said that Inter are actively trying to offload the striker as the two parties clash over a new contract and she claimed that Arsenal and Tottenham are among the clubs who’ve put forward offers for the striker this summer.
Nara is quoted by the Evening Standard as saying:
“There are many offers, but I do not negotiate with other clubs. I only talk about Mauro’s contract, that’s my role, not doing negotiations. Atletico Madrid, Tottenham and Arsenal have made contact. Napoli and Roma are also interested now.”
“I’ve asked for a renewal because the club had promised me a renewal. Last year we accepted their conditions, which mean a lower salary, the sale of the 50% of Mauro’s economic rights and there is no release clause on his contract. They have to keep their promises.”
“We want to stay in Milan. People say I am a mercenary, but I am not. [Inter] have to say the truth. They can’t say Icardi is not for sale and then talk to other clubs.”
It looks like the Gunners have now stepped-up their interest as the Express are citing reports coming from Sky Sports Italia that claim Icardi is due to fly to London this week to hold talks with Arsenal about a potential move to the Emirates.
Arsene Wenger is in the market for another striker after missing out on Jamie Vardy and the newspaper suggests that the Frenchman has turned his attention to Icardi as Napoli are demanding £78m for long-term target Gonzalo Higuain.
The Gunners have been strongly linked with a move for the Argentinean international in recent weeks but it looks like Wenger is now exploring a deal for Icardi – who the Express claim could be available for at little as £42m.
That sort of money should be far more affordable for Arsenal than the prices being reported for Higuain plus Icardi is just 23-years-old – five years younger than the Napoli hitman – so he has plenty of time left to develop his game even further.
Arsenal could certainly do with another top class striker to compete with Olivier Giroud next season as Danny Welbeck is set to miss another seven months with a serious knee injury and Icardi would be an exciting signing for the North Londoners.
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