Inter Milan have reportedly stepped up their efforts to get rid of Mauro Icardi by threatening to leave him out of the squad if he doesn’t leave.
Inter have made it no secret they no longer want to retain Icardi any longer following a breakdown in contract talks. It’s understood the club were unwilling to match the striker’s wage demands of €9m a year.
The Serie A giants even stripped him of the captaincy in February in favour of goalkeeper Samir Handanovic. They’ve since tried desperately to offload him to gather funds to sign Romelu Lukaku from Manchester United this summer.
The likes of Napoli and AS Roma have since expressed an interest in Icardi. However, he’s allegedly rejected them and told Inter he will only leave them for Juventus.
This has proven to be a real problem for a frustrated Inter board, who could lose Lukaku to rivals Juventus. With a contract in place until June 2021, though, they can’t force Icardi to leave.
But Gazzetta dello Sport claims that the Nerazzurri haven’t given up and have resorted to dirty tactics. Apparently, the club have threatened to leave the Argentine in the stands for the remaining two years of his contract.
While Icardi could take them to court for “workplace bullying”, Inter plan to use a loophole to escape legal consequences by naming the player in the squad list.
On the downside, Antonio Conte’s side will have to pay the former Barcelona player’s €3.2m annual salary. He will also take up a spot in their domestic and European squads despite not playing.
The Italian press suggests, though, that Inter hope to convince Juventus into a trade deal involving Icardi and Paulo Dybala.
The 25-year-old striker is currently undecided on whether to accept the Bianconeri’s alleged swap deal with United for Lukaku.