Chelsea could sign Mauro Icardi on one condition

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Chelsea's hopes of signing Mauro Icardi this summer hinge on Inter Milan's ability to secure Champions League qualification.

According to the Daily Mirror, if the Italian side fail to reach next year's elite European club competition then they may be open to selling the talented 22-year-old forward for the right price.

Chelsea head a list of clubs keen on the striker, who is in contract talks with Inter Milan president Erick Thohir.

His current contract expires in the summer of 2018, but Thohir wants to add another year to that deal and treble Icardi's wages in a desperate bid to keep him at the club.

But the report claims that Icardi's agent is insisting on a crucial get-out clause for his client - should Inter Milan fail to qualify for the Champions League and a rival club bids £29m, Icardi will be free to leave.

Liverpool and Chelsea are thought to be the two Premier League sides keeping tabs on the forward right now, while Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham Hotspur are long-term admirers.

Inter Milan's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League are slim - they currently sit in eight place, ten points off Napoli in third, the final qualification spot in the Italian top flight.

But Inter Milan have won their last three on the bounce, with Icardi a key figure this season.

Not worth it

Jose Mourinho has reportedly been looking at Icardi as a possible back-up to Diego Costa for Chelsea next season. It's not clear what Mourinho's options behind Costa will be, with Loic Remy on the fringes of the squad and Didier Drogba approaching the end of his career.

But £29m for Icardi, a player who has exactly been prolific for either Sampdoria or Inter, is a lot of money.

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