Mauro Icardi contract renewal not a priority, says Marco Fassone

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Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City have all been offered renewed hope in their alleged pursuit of Mauro Icardi after Inter Milan director-general Marco Fassone hinted that talks with the striker about a new contract is not currently a priority for the club.

The 21-year-old was the subject of widespread interest during the summer transfer window, prompting speculation he could leave the San Siro ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.

The Daily Express reported last month that Reds boss Brendan Rodgers had identified the Argentine star as a possible replacement for Luis Suarez at Anfield, following the Uruguayan's £75 million departure to Barcelona.

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Liverpool opted instead to move for Mario Balotelli, the enigmatic Italian joining from AC Milan in a £16 million deal. However, the Merseyside club's interest in Icardi could well remain - even after signing the former Manchester City star - particularly after latest comments made by Fassone.

Marco Fassone quote:

"As for Mauro and his renewal, I will say that there are other deadlines that we will have to face beforehand, but we will talk about that as well," he was quoted as saying in an interview with Sky Sport Italia.

Jose Mourinho and Manuel Pellegrini were both credited with an interest in the player as well, but despite the high level of interest in the talented forward Inter have so far shown no signs of entering negotiations over an extension.

Great potential

Icardi first shot to prominence during a productive spell at Sampdoria in 2012/2013 where he netted 11 goals in 33 appearances, earning himself a move to the Nerazzurri last summer.

Last season he scored nine goals in 22 Serie 'A' games and has begun the current campaign in promising fashion after firing a hat-trick as Walter Mazzarri's side condemned Sassuolo to a 7-0 thrashing on Sunday.

Interestingly, Inter Milan only acquired Icardi's rights in full three months ago, meaning that should the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea or Manchester City make a bid for the player when the transfer window reopens in January they would now be able to pocket any profit made from his future sale.

With the South American's current deal running until the summer of 2018 the Italian giants will be under absolutely no pressure to sell, and that's why they've placed a lofty £28 million valuation on the striker's head, meaning any suitor will have to pay top dollar to secure his signature.

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