Manchester United reportedly ready to trigger Inter Milan strikers £97 million release clause


Manchester United are reportedly ready to trigger the £97 million release clause of Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi. Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport have reported the story, which has been carried by The Sun in the United Kingdom. It is suggested that United will face competition for Icardi from both Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain. Icardi has been in great form for his club this season, scoring 18 goals, assisting another in the Serie A.

Inter sit fourth in the Serie A table at this moment in time and with qualification for the UEFA Champions League uncertain, it is suggested that the Argentinian may be tempted with a move to a club that has a better chance of being in the elite European competition next season. Icardi’s current contract with the Italian side will cease in the summer of 2021 but the club hopes to move quickly to secure the player to a new contract but so far the negotiations have been slow.

United, Real Madrid, and Paris Saint-Germain would not have many problems paying the release clause for the player, although the French club, already spending around £200 million on Neymar and the £166 million they will have to pay for Kylian Mbappe, may limit their ability to lure Icardi in the summer. Icardi’s wife Wanda Nara stated last week that “big teams showed their appreciation”, hinting at a possible move, was sent a message by Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio, who openly stated:

“The more we talk about renewing, the more we slow things down.”

Icardi’s wife who also acts as the player’s agent has been quoted as saying:

“I’m taking care of his future. At the very least, I must listen to them and evaluate the conditions and situation. Big clubs also wanted him in the past, but Mauro has always chosen Inter. He’s done a lot for these colours and never doubted what shirt he wanted to wear.

“He was chosen to be their captain at the age of 22 and, unlike what’s been said, he has an excellent relationship with his team-mates. He wants the best for Inter like Ausilio does, but I, and only I, will take care of Mauro’s future. Therefore, I have to evaluate his options: everything goes through me, so whoever wants Icardi must knock on my door first.”

United currently have Romelu Lukaku as their main striker with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has been absent for the last few months after taking time out to fully recover from the knee injury he suffered back in April 2017, making his return earlier this season just seven months after suffering the injury. Marcus Rashford, a payer who can play in a number of positions is another option for Jose Mourinho, as is Anthony Martial, who normally plays on the left-wing. Ibrahimovic could leave the club this summer for LA Galaxy, which may mean Mourinho will need another striker.

Icardi moved to the Italian club in the 2013/14 season and during his time at Inter, has scored 89 goals, assisted 21 times in 147 Serie A appearances, which is a pretty good turnaround for goals and assists. The Premier League is a tougher league, but his class, pace, and experience could see him play to similar standards, although the player may feel he can adapt to La Liga or Ligue 1 football instead, or even remain in Italy with his current club.

This season in the Serie A, after scoring 18 goals and assisting another, Icadri has made 68 shots on goal, 38 of those being on target. Icardi has a shot accuracy of 68%, which could be better, also creating 22 chances for his teammates, which shows he is not a selfish striker. He has a passing accuracy of 74%, an average passing distance of 12 metres. He has won 43% of his duels this season, averages at least one defensive action per match, also committing one defensive error this season.

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