With Arsenal still on the hunt to secure a top striker before the close of the summer transfer window, reports today have claimed that Arsene Wenger has turned his attention to Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi.
It seemed last month that Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy was destined to be plying his trade at the Emirates next season. However, after weeks of speculation, the England international rejected the chance to join up with the Gunners and instead, penned a contract extension with the Foxes.
This week, news broke that Arsenal were in discussions with Napoli over a sensational swap deal that would see Olivier Giroud heading to Serie A, while lethal Argentine Gonzalo Higuain was supposed to be moving in the opposite direction.
Although the Higuain saga is still ongoing, reports today have suggested that Arsene Wenger is not placing all his eggs in one basket as Mauro Icardi’s agent has confirmed that Arsenal have also been in touch regarding a potential move for the Inter man.
At just 23 years of age, Icardi already has 57 Serie A goals to his name, scoring 16 last season.
Speaking about her client’s future on Wednesday, Icardi’s wife and agent, Wanda Nara, stated that Inter are sounding out offers for the striker and that Arsenal are one of a number of clubs that have been in touch.
“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,” Icardi’s agent said, as quoted by the London Evening Standard.
“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.”
“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.”