Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi has admitted that he's nowhere near reaching an agreement with the Nerazzurri over a new contract, which gives Chelsea, Manchester United or any other club interested a strong chance of signing the in-form forward this summer.
Icardi gave potential suitors another demonstration of his quality in last night's 2-2 draw with Napoli at the San Paulo Stadium, scoring an 87th minute equaliser with a cheeky paneka chip from the penalty spot.
That takes the Argentine hotshot to 20 goals for the season in all competitions, putting questions over his long-term future at the top of Inter's agenda. The 22-year-old was asked about contract talks again after the Napoli match, with his answer doing little to dampen speculation that he'll leave Inter if the price is right.
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Can Inter afford to keep him?
When quizzed about talks Icardi told Gazzetta dello Sport: "We're sure that with (Roberto) Mancini we'll do well this year and next year. But my contract renewal? I don't know, there is still a long way left to go."
Perhaps one reason for the deadlock in talks is serious questions over whether Icardi can afford to keep him. Inter are prepared to make the 22-year-old their highest earner on a deal worth €800,000-a-season, but there's no agreement over a lucrative image rights package that could prove a major stumbling block in reaching an agreement.
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Chelsea & United should both bid
Icardi's prolific form has seen him monitored closely by both United and Chelsea in 2015, but a hefty £30 million price tag has kept both sides to watching brief for the time being at least.
Chelsea lead the race for his signature at this stage and are definitely in the market for a new striker, with the hunt for Didier Drogba's replacement very much on.
United meanwhile are even more desperate for reinforcements in that position, with Radamel Falcao failing to convince he's worth a permanent move and Robin van Persie also far from his very best this season.
Those situations have suddenly made Icardi an attractive proposition, but is he really worth that whopping transfer fee?
United's need is far greater
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho may be an admirer of Icardi's, but in truth he'd struggle to get a game at Stamford Bridge and is a completely different type of forward to star man Diego Costa.
Icardi would have a far greater chance of making his mark in the Premier League at United, who badly need an injection of pace and purpose in the final third.
The volatile but talented Icardi has those attributes in abundance and would definitely back himself to make a difference at Old Trafford, exactly the kind of player Van Gaal should be looking to sign this summer.
Where should Icardi go this summer if Inter decide to cash in on their top scorer? Is he the right man to sort out United's disappointing attack? Is he good enough to play regularly for Chelsea should he move to Stamford Bridge? Have your say on any of those questions by using the comment box below!
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