Multiple reports last week came out of Italy stating that Inter Milan and Argentinian striker Mauro Icardi may split ways after a recent falling out.
On Wednesday, February 13th, it was announced that Icardi would be relieved of his club captain duties and goalkeeper Samir Handanovic would fill the role for the remainder of the season. A day later, he did not make Inter’s Europa League squad list to face Rapid Vienna. On Saturday, the Italian was omitted again, this time because of injury.
Inter are in 3rd place in Serie A, 20 points behind league leaders Juventus and 7 points behind Napoli. While moving up to second isn’t a far off dream, Inter may want to keep their main striker in good spirits for the remainder of the season to stay in contention.
Inter Chief Executive Giuseppe Marotta and Inter Manager Luciano Spalleti were set to hold a meeting last week according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
The Milan based newspaper also reported that Icardi made the decision to skip the Europa League match after losing captaincy.
This week, sources are reporting the two still are in limbo, with the club offering civil talks with the player. If Icardi chooses to depart, there are a list of suitors already lining up for Icardi’s services, while Milan has already listed potential replacements.
The Corriere dello Sport are reporting that Inter have potential candidates lined up:
Romelu Lukaka | 8 goals | 14 apps (league play)
Edin Dzeko | 5 goals | 3 assists | 16 apps (league play)
During the last match, Milan’s supporter group, Ultras, held a banner defiantly displaying, “we don’t want any mercenaries here.” A blow to Icardi recent antics, while sending a clear message to the executives.
The striker just recently turned 26 a few days ago, and if Milan decide the striker isn’t in their future, it will be prime time to get some coin for his services.
Some rumored interested clubs are Real Madrid, Juventus and Chelsea.