Pay up or shut up… Man United & Chelsea warned off star

Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio has claimed that bids of north of £30m from Manchester United and Chelsea may not be enough to land star striker Mauro Icardi.

The Argentine ace has been one of Serie A’s standout performers this term, notching 14 goals despite his side’s current woes – they occupy a midtable position.

And with Icardi just 22, some of the continent’s biggest sides have started sniffing around, with Chelsea and United understood to have had scouts present at recent games to assess the forward.

However, Ausilio has claimed that even massive offers are unlikely to sway the club towards selling their man, who is a key part of their plans going into the future:

“What if someone bids €40m (£30m) for him in the summer?” He is quoted by the Daily Mail. “Well we’ve got no intention of doing business, we’re thinking of the present and future of this football club with Icardi.

“Our intentions are clear. We’re building a team to last for a long time with very talented, young players.

“As well as Mateo Kovacic and Icardi, we’ve added more quality players such as Marcelo Brozovic and Xherdan Shaqiri and we want to continue in this vein.”

Ausilio went on to suggest that an agreement to extent Icardi’s contract is not far off, with negotiations at an advanced stage:

“I was with his (Icardi’s) agent until a few minutes ago, we’re coming close to an agreement. Icardi will remain with us for much longer.” He said.

“Tomorrow (Tuesday) we will have another meeting, during which will a draft contract will be signed, before official deal, that will happen very soon.”

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