Chelsea are reportedly close to signing Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi, with the Argentina issuing somewhat of a ‘come and get me’ plea to interested suitors, after hinting that he’s not happy with his salary with the club, reports the Standard.
Chelsea are overstocked in forwards, with Diego Costa, Loic Remy and Didier Drogba their current options, but Drogba isn’t expected to be playing for the Blues next season, so they will need another attacker to bolster their arsenal. Icardi has been scouted by the Chelsea staff this season, and has netted 17 goals.
The 22-year-old is prepared to leave Inter Milan if he receives the right offer, and if the club want him out of the door. He’s been desperately trying to improve upon his low wages in his contract, but is struggling to get a breakthrough with the talks. Chelsea can certainly offer him every penny of the £43K-a-week he has been requesting, but he does still have three years on his deal with the Italian Serie A outfit.
Inter have struggled this season, and aren’t likely to be in any European competition for the following campaign. Chelsea are on course to win the Premier League title, and to become a European heavyweight in the Champions League by spending right in the summer, so Icardi would certainly favour a move to the Bridge if they came in for him.
“If there are other clubs who want me, they should discuss this with Inter. If Inter decide to sell me, I’ll pack up and go away. If they don’t want to, I will stay in Milan where I am really good and I’m happy. My family here feels like home,” he said.
“Regarding my pay, my salary, that I don’t ‘earn a lot’, these are things that are a result of two years ago when I came to Inter (from Sampdoria). To me, it was a good contract. I signed the contract with the excitement and desire to prove my worth and be an important player for Inter. Now, after two years, I still have this contract that people are talking about, but my agents are speaking to the club.”
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