Chelsea target Mauro Icardi is demanding a new contract that will see his salary tripled if he is to pledge his future to Inter Milan.
According to the London Evening Standard the Argentinian striker, who has captured the interests of a number of European clubs with his impressive performances, is not against staying at the San Siro past the summer, but wants a deal worth £100,000-a-week if he is to do so.
The pay rise
Currently earning £30,000-a-week, Icardi could be in line for the huge pay-rise if Inter give into his demands, though whether or not they will do so remains to be seen. Despite having bagged 18 goals across all competitions this term the 22-year-old may be offloaded by Roberto Mancini if he thinks it’s best for the overall future of his club.
Icardi, in his current vein of form, is Inter’s most valuable player financially speaking, and so letting him go to the highest bidder would give the club plenty of funds with which to make purchases of their own.
Inter to sell?
The January acquisition of Bayern Munich’s Xherdan Shaqiri has put a seizable dent in their kitty, and if the fallen Serie A giants are to bring in more reputable talent they need to generate the cash themselves.
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Icardi’s current contract will run, if left untouched, until 2018, but it’s said that his representatives will put forward a proposal to Inter that contains a one-year extension and the aforementioned pay rise. The Nerazzurri then have a big decision to make, and if they opt not to negotiate then Chelsea could well be handed a significant boost.
Jose Mourinho’s move to capture Diego Costa last summer has paid dividends through the sheer amount of goals the Spain international has scored, but his fortunes haven’t been mimicked by backup option Loic Remy. On top of that Didier Drogba looks set to step down from playing at the end of the season, leaving the Blues short on quality in the final third.
Enter Icardi, who is fast making a name for himself as one of Europe’s most prodigal young talents. Given his age he’ll have plenty of time to mature at Stamford Bridge, and it’s highly likely Chelsea would have no problem offering him the £100,000-a-week he’s after.
One would expect Inter to negate the possibility of such a move coming to fruition by putting the same amount on the table themselves, but for now his future looks far from certain.
Chelsea fans, would you like to see Icardi move to Stamford Bridge? Inter fans, do you think the club should pay the £100,000-a-week? Let us know in the comments box below...