Manchester City will have to pay around £13 million if they want to sign Sampordia’s Argentine striking prodigy Mauro Icardi.

 That is according to Sampordia’s sporting director, Carlo Osti, who valued the young striker during an interview with the Italian TV station Primo Canale.

Cited by the Daily Express, he said: "We’ll evaluate Icardi’s future in June.

 “However, his representative has turned down our attempts to extend his current agreement – one which I considered was more than dignified.

"How much will he cost? His value could be close to the €15m mark, but his value will rise if he keeps scoring like this.”

 Icardi is highly regarded as one of the rising stars in the European game having broken into the Sampordia first-team this term.

 Having scored on his debut, the 20-year-old has been in fine form for the Serie A side - hitting 10 goals in 23 league games with four of these coming in a 6-0 thrashing of Pescara in January. 

 But the ex-Barcelona youth player seems uninterested in extending his stay at mid-table Sampordia and City could be ready to make their move, although they will be bound to face stiff competition from a host of other European clubs with Italian giants Inter reportedly very interested.

 Whether or not Icardi would be interested in a move to the Etihad stadium however remains to be seen.


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