One of the most sought-after strikers in Europe has signed a new contract that will keep him at his current club until at least the year 2021.
Mauro Icardi was linked with both Arsenal and Chelsea on a number of occasions in recent months but the captain of Inter Milan has now inked a new and improved contract that will reportedly see him earn in excess of £5 million a year.
— F.C. Internazionale (@Inter) October 7, 2016
Crucially for Arsene Wenger and Antonio Conte, as well as any other manager with designs of prying the Argentine away from Serie A, his new agreement also contains a buy-out clause of €110 million or £99 million.
Since joining from Sampdoria in 2013, the 23-year-old has become club captain and nabbed an impressive tally of 58 goals in 114 games for Inter, giving him one of the club’s highest ever goals-per-game ratios.
Sky Italia: Only Higuain and De Rossi will earn more salary than Icardi in Serie A pic.twitter.com/80KEekE8ma
— Eden (@EdenDassidy) October 8, 2016
The news will come as a disappointment to many in the Premier League; however, the player himself declared that he didn’t want to leave the club just last month, saying:
“I want to win with this shirt. I want to stay here. I am comfortable in the city and I never thought about leaving this team.”
As a result, it’s unlikely to change the recruitment plans for Arsenal, Chelsea or another other club looking to add a world class striker to their playing group in the coming January transfer window or next summer.