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Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City have received a boost in their alleged pursuit of Mauro Icardi, after it emerged the Inter Milan striker wants to play in the Champions League.

The 21-year-old is growing increasingly frustrated at the San Siro following a disappointing start to the 2014/15 campaign, with Walter Mazzarri's side languishing in tenth spot in the Serie 'A' table.

According to Italian publication Sportmediaset, Icardi will look to leave Inter at the end of the season if they fail to qualify for Europe's elite club competition again, which requires them to finish in the top three places.

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Uphill struggle

However, the Nerazzurri have just suffered back-to-back defeats in the league and are already six points adrift of Sampdoria who currently occupy that all-important third spot.

With Juventus and AS Roma flying high again and seemingly set to fight for the top two places that leaves Inter to challenge for the final Champions League place, which will also be eyed by the likes of AC Milan and Napoli.

Winning the Europa League this season will for the first time hand the champions a place in next year's top tier tournament, but given Inter's inconsistent form it will be hard to mount a serious challenge for the trophy.

Mazzarri knows that he will face a difficult task retaining Icardi's services, particularly given the high level of interest in his signature from the Premier League.

High interest

The Daily Express reported back in August that Jose Mourinho, Brendan Rodgers and Manuel Pellegrini were all keen to add the player to their respective squads over the summer, prompting rumours of a possible switch to Stamford Bridge, Anfield or the Etihad Stadium.

With a valuation believed to be in the region of €30 million, it's not yet clear which of the three English suitors - Chelsea, Liverpool or Manchester City - will reach agreement with Inter over a prospective transfer.

It will be interesting to see how the story develops, especially if the Italian giants are way off the pacesetters at the top of Serie 'A' when the transfer window reopens in January.

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