Juventus are pushing to sign Inter striker Mauro Icardi but his transfer may be linked to Roma striker Edin Dzeko.
Following ongoing transfer rumours and a season where he failed to agree terms on a new contract, Icardi has left Inter’s pre-season training camp and will take no part in their summer tour of Asia.
A statement on the clubs official site, confirmed the clubs decision:
“Mauro Icardi will today return to Milan from our training camp in Lugano.
“The club and the striker have come to this decision by mutual agreement. Icardi will continue his pre-season training over the next few days and will take no part in our Summer Tour in Asia.”
Reports from Italy suggest that the Bianconeri are closely following the situation and would like to sign the forward at a discount, using his desire to remain in Italy to their advantage.
Napoli were also suggested as a possible destination for the Argentine however club president Aurelio De Laurentiis has distanced himself from both Icardi and his wife, Wanda Nara:
“Meeting for Icardi? It is a colossal, enormous stupidity. I met Wanda Nara three years ago and I have no intention of meeting her again. That meeting was enough. Also because Icardi is not a part of the current needs of Napoli.”
Sky Sport Italia report that Juventus is Icardi’s preferred destination however the club would need to sell both Gonzalo Higuain and Mario Mandzukic in order to help free funds from salary costs in order to facilitate the move.
Gazzetta Dello Sport report today that Inter may be reluctant to complete other transfer moves as they feel it may play into Juve’s hands and aid their aim of getting Icardi at a discount, given their desire to sell and his willingness to leave the club.
Gazzetta hypothesize that should Inter complete their signing of Edin Dzeko from Roma, it would allow the Giallorossi to use the funds to sign Gonazalo Higuain which would aid Juve in making an offer for Icardi.
La Repubblica suggest that Icardi may take a more drastic step in deciding to remain at Inter for the next two years, collect his salary and wind down his contract.