Arsenal & Spurs interested in 16-goals-in-33-games ace, reveals agent

Mauro Icardi’s agent, and wife, Wanda Nara, has revealed that Arsenal and Spurs are both interested in the striker, but that his aim is to stay with Inter Milan.

The Argentine marksman hit an impressive 16 Serie A goals in 33 outings last term, as the Nerazzuri finished fourth, missing out on Champions League qualification.

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His performances at the San Siro have led to widespread speculation that he may leave to join one of Europe’s elite clubs, but his agent, Nara, has revealed that her client, and husband, is eager to stay put, even though there has been contact from Arsenal and Spurs, among others:

“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.” She told Corriere della Sera (via 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.”

Although Nara has hinted that Spurs are interested, such a move now appears unlikely with the north London club having completed a deal for Vincent Janssen.

Arsenal may, however, turn to the Inter Milan captain should their reported pursuit of Gonzalo Higuain end in disappointment.

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