Mauro Icardi is available for transfer this summer, but where will he end up?

Big Icardi Transfer News

He may be one of the most prolific forwards in European football and someone who's never far away from headlines, but it appears that Inter Milan and Mauro Icardi are finally set to separate.

The 26 year-old is in his sixth year at the San Siro since joining from Sampdoria in 2013, where he's developed into one of Serie A's most devastating attackers.

111 goals in 181 league appearances speaks for itself and its led to him being linked with big moneys away regularly, which finally may come to fruition this summer.

The second half of last season saw him left out of the whole match day squad, following disputes with teammates and then Inter boss Luciano Spalletti. Despite being top scorer, the 60 year-old wasn't afraid to throw him out of the first team and strip him of the captaincy, which shows no player is bigger than the club.

Spalletti has since moved on and been replaced by former Chelsea & Juventus man Antonio Conte. The Italian is a real disciplinarian and he echoes his predecessors views, with him also willing to offload Inter's prized asset.

Antonio Conte Chelsea Italy Juventus
Antonio Conte is expected to be very busy in the transfer market this summer as he bids to strengthen his Inter squad

It's a crazy turn of events for a player who's scored so many goals in such a short space of time but he comes with a lot of baggage, hence why Inter are prepared to move him on. He once had an affair with Maxi Lopez's (former teammate) wife who ended up eventually marrying him and becoming his agent.

Icardi and Wanda Nara's relationship gets plenty of exposure back in Argentina and she's believed to be extremely difficult to work with, she demanded all sorts of things for the pair of them during the last set of contract renewal talks but it now appears Inter are done with them.

Conte favours a physical presence in attack who can bully and harass defenders, something which Icardi doesn't really provide. Hence his interest in Manchester United misfit Romelu Lukaku, who Inter have already reportedly seen a loan bid rejected for.

Manchester United Transfer?

There's been plenty of Man Utd transfer news this summer, with the club already completing the purchases of Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka already making the move to Old Trafford, whilst Newcastle United's Sean Longstaff continues to be linked.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is targeting younger, hungry players as he looks to overhaul the Red Devils' underperforming squad after a shambolic 18/19 campaign which saw them fail to qualify for the Champions League.

United's signings so far fit right into the philosophy that OGS is proposing, but any Icardi transfer would go against that. The Argentine comes with baggage and potentially mammoth wages, something which has hit United hard recently, with the Alexis Sanchez deal immediately coming to mind.

By signing younger players who're willing to learn and have plenty of room to grow, it represents a smaller financial risk. As for Icardi, his recent clashes with Inter prove that he is a risk, but it's one that could work a treat if Man Utd can complete a transfer and get his head straight.

Romelu Lukaku Manchester United Old Trafford
Manchester United could demand Icardi in any potential deal for forward Romelu Lukaku, who's interesting Antonio Conte once again

It's important to remember that this is a guy who's scored 25 or more goals in 3 of the last 5 seasons, huge figures. And despite missing a huge part of the season, Icardi still scored two more goals than Man Utd's top scorer Romelu Lukaku (15) last term which is pretty impressive.

Man Utd are in need of freshening up in attack so any potential Icardi transfer would be great news for the fans, especially if it means that Lukaku will be moving on. The Belgium international isn't the most loved player at Old Trafford and with Inter keen to sign him, it could perhaps suit both parties to get this one over the line.

Icardi would go against OGS' new philosophy. He'd be on big money and if a swap deal can't be arranged, he'll also cost a significant fee. He may not have any Premier League experience but his goalscoring record speaks for itself, so he may well be worth the plunge.

Big money Juventus Transfer?

The current favourites to complete a transfer for Mauro Icardi (1/1 @ Sky Bet) are Serie A Champions Juventus, which would cause a huge stir in Italy should it get over the line.

Juventus are the dominant force domestically in Italy, winning the league title in each of the previous 8 seasons and despite the obvious hatred between each clubs sets of supporters, it's a move that could happen.

Derby d'Italia's are always feisty affairs and if he was to line up in the black and white of Juve, it would certainly cause a stir. But Juventus are one of the biggest clubs in world football and moving there would be a big step up from Inter, who haven't won a league title since the 2009/10 campaign under Jose Mourinho.

Juve have a reputation for being shrewd spenders in the transfer market, particularly free agents which has been emphasised this summer following the arrivals of Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot this summer.

Aaron Ramsey
Juventus have been busy this summer adding Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot to their ranks on a free transfer, with Matthijs de Ligt expected to follow

But despite this they still have cash to shell out. They paid a club record £100m for Cristiano Ronaldo last summer and also plucked the then prolific Gonzalo Higuain from title rivals Napoli for £75m three years ago, so they're not afraid to get the chequebook out.

Signing Icardi looks like a good option for a number of reasons. He's proven in Serie A, a clinical finisher and would also severely weaken a rival. But on the flip side he brings baggage and a big ego, which isn't great when he's sharing a dressing room and pitch, along with competing for the same position as Ronaldo.

It's one that could go either way. He'll win silverware there, be well paid and probably score a lot of goals. But the negativity surrounding the player could enforce Juve to look elsewhere. They have a dressing room full of egos and Icardi's could perhaps tip it over the edge.

Link up with former Milan man Ancelotti?

Napoli come in as slightly surprising second favourites to complete a transfer for Mauro Icardi (2/1 @ Sky Bet). They haven't won a league title since 1990 but have finished 2nd in three of the previous four seasons, which shows how hard they're pushing to end that drought.

But despite this they still finished 11 points behind the Old Lady in top spot and 10 above Inter. Selling directly to a rival may seem something that you'd think they'd want to avoid but in Italy it's something you see regularly, so this definitely has legs.

If Inter are to capture their top target this summer in Lukaku they need to stump up big money around the £75m mark, something which they may only be able to do if they do indeed cash in on their current no.9.

Napoli don't often splash the cash with them much more reserved in the market than some of their rivals, but they do have the funds available.

Carlo Ancelotti
Carlo Ancelotti has managed some of the biggest egos in the game so if anyone can tame Icardi, it's him

Big money departures of the likes of Gonzalo Higuain (£75m) and Jorginho (£56m) in recent seasons indicate the cash is there to get this deal over the line he looks like the best replacement out there for their previous no.9 (Higuain) who moved onto Juve.

Napoli are aspiring to close the gap on the leaders and finally end that long Serie A title drought, so signing one of the most prolific forwards in the game would certainly help them. No one really knows what to expect from Juventus under new boss Maurizio Sarri, so if they do go through some sort of transitional period they'd be well placed to take advantage of it.

There he'd be working under one of the games great coaches in Carlo Ancelotti and one who's an AC Milan legend, so that wouldn't go down too well with the Inter fans. If Napoli can get a deal over the line it would send out some statement.


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