Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi has refused to consider a transfer to Manchester United, claims a report.
New Inter boss Antonio Conte is looking at overhauling his squad this summer and the forward position is understood to be top of the Italian’s priority list.
The Gazzetta dello Sport claim that Inter’s intentions have changed after a deal for Edin Dzeko has stalled. Now Conte is focusing his attention on signing Manchester United frontman Romelu Lukaku.
The Milan club are prepared to pay €70million for the Belgian striker, but need to offload Argentina forward Mauro Icardi first.
La Repubblica claims that Inter have tried to offer both Ivan Perisic and Icardi as part of the deal to sign Lukaku. Icardi however is understood to be unwilling to consider a move to England and wants to stay in Serie A
The same source claim that if Icardi cannot get into Conte’s first XI this season then he could take legal action to get out of his contract. Icardi still has two years to run on the five-year deal he signed in 2016, but is looking for a way out.
A meeting has reportedly been scheduled between his wife and agent Wanda Nara and Inter CEO Beppe Marotta with the club hopeful that they can avoid a legal dispute.
Icardi and Wanda have not been on favourable terms with Inter since he was stripped of the captaincy last season.
Calciomercato suggest that Icardi’s only other transfer option is to move to Juventus, but they are
The only other option seemingly for Icardi at present is Juventus, but they cannot make a signing until they offload Chelsea loanee Gonzalo Higuain. The forward has officially returned to Turin, but with a move to another Italian club unlikely, according to his agent and brother, Juve may well struggle to sell the 31-year-old.