Chelsea suffer blow in race for ex-Barcelona star

Chelsea have been dealt a blow in the race for Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi, with the club director Piero Ausilio confident of tying the Argentine down to a new contract.

The pacey striker has been one of Serie A’s star turns so far this season, notching 13 goals for the Nerazurri.

This form has led to links with a move away from the San Siro, with Chelsea thought to be one of a host of clubs watching the 21-year-old.

Icardi – who spent some of his youth career with Barcelona – was only snapped up by Inter from Sampdoria in 2013, but the club are keen to keep him by extending his deal and offering him a pay rise.

But with an agreement not yet reached, the versatile forward’s future has been in doubt, however Ausilio says that there is nothing to worry about and that discussions are taking place:

“We have already sat down with his agent two or three times to discuss a new deal,” he is quoted by Goal.

“For now, I would like to remind people that he signed a five-year deal when he arrived here. His contract does not expire any time soon, so there is nothing to worry about.”