Juventus have expressed serious interest in a surprising move for Argentina and Inter Milan striker, Mauro Icardi, 25.
Calcio Mercato are reporting that Juventus seek to sign Icardi as a replacement for their current no.9, Gonzalo Higuain, who is rumored to be leaving Turin this summer. Icardi has been linked with numerous moves away from the Nerazzuri, most recently to Chelsea as well as the giants from Turin.
With Inter this season, Icardi scored 29 goals in Serie A, tying Lazio’s Ciro Immobile for the highest tally on the peninsula, and leading the Nerazzuri to a thrilling 4th place finish. The Argentinian surpassed twenty league goals for the third in the last four years, but surprisingly was left off of his country’s roster for this summer’s World Cup.
Icardi’s contract has a €110 million release cause for foreign clubs, so if Higuain does indeed depart, Juventus would likely need to offer upwards of €100 million to convince Inter to sell. Inter have been rumored to want Higuain as well as cash in a swap deal for Icardi, though the deal seems unlikely.
It is yet to be seen if the Inter are willing to sell to the Bianconeri. Previous reports stated Inter had no desire to sell Icardi to their rival. Chelsea’s serious interest in the striker makes it even more unlikely that Icardi will end up in Turin.
The prospect of an attack led by Icardi and fellow Argentinian, Paulo Dybala, is enticing, though. Juventus have emphasized their desire to make the club younger, and this move certainly fits in that context.
For Inter, the move makes little sense. The club has expressed interest to challenge for a scudetto, and Icardi’s sale would leave them with only one returning double digit scorer, Ivan Perisic.
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