Juventus have only one name in mind for the summer transfer window: Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi.

One of the stranger stories to break in Italy over the course of the last few days has involved the Bianconeri being linked with Inter’s Argentine striker, despite his €110m release clause.

The first one to report the story was the very reliable Romeo Agresti from Goal Italia, a well-informed and credible source who’s broken many Juve transfers in advance of them taking place.


“Icardi has a release clause of €110m, any club thinking of paying it has to speak to the Inter executives.

“In Italy he’d cost much more than that figure, he could cost €200m, €300m or even €400m.

“At the moment the clause is still €110m, the increase to €150m hasn’t yet been agreed with the player.”

Source: [TopSkor]

Despite the rebuttal from Inter, The Corriere della Sera reports that Juventus have now offered Gonzalo Higuain plus €50m for Mauro Icardi, and Inter are prepared to listen to their bid.

The report goes on to claim that Juve’s lawyers are studying the Inter contract to see if there’s a loophole that would allow them to activate the clause.

Should that come to nothing, the Bianconeri will offer €50m cash plus Higuain, who they value at €60m, taking the grand total to €110m.

It could be a bargaining tactic, aimed at Icardi getting a better contract, it could be an attempt by Juve to unsettle Inter’s summer mercato while having their eye’s on another target, or it might just have an element of truth to it.