Napoli Ready Contract Offer to Make Mauro Icardi the Second Highest Paid Player in Serie A

Inter striker Mauro Icardi has received a €9m contract offer plus bonuses from Serie A rivals SSC Napoli as questions continue to be asked over his long term future at San Siro.

The Argentina international was stripped of his captaincy earlier this month and then went on strike, refusing to travel to Austria in Inter’s Europa League campaign.

Mauro Icardi

Icardi hasn’t featured for the club since the win over Parma at the start of the month, and is being heavily linked with a move away from Milan as his agent Wanda Nara continues to be in a standoff with Inter’s hierarchy.

While Icardi is attracting interest from across Europe, Tuttomercatoweb claim that Napoli are the most recent side to declare an interest in the 26-year-old and have even offered to make him the second highest paid player in Italian football, behind only Cristiano Ronaldo.

Napoli’s offer, which was made by president Aurelio De Laurentiis after consulting first team manager Carlo Ancelotti, is more than a 50% increase on the most recent contract extension which Inter have offered.

But it appears that Napoli’s offer won’t come of anything, as Tuttomercatoweb continues by saying some of Inter’s most influential decision-makers have already agreed to sell Icardi to Juventus at the end of the season.

Mauro Emanuel Icardi

That’s because Juve chief Fabio Paratici has been working behind the scenes to get a deal over the line, and Icardi has already expressed that he doesn’t want to move away from Italy despite interest from Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea.


Gabriel Batistuta Reveals Bizarre Reason Why He Never Joined Man Utd or Real Madrid

?Serie A and Argentina legend Gabriel Batistuta has finally revealed why he never moved to a truly elite level side while at the peak of his powers in the 1990s. 

‘Batigol’ was one of the most coveted strikers in the world during his Fiorentina years, but despite numerous attempts by the likes of ?Manchester United, Real Madrid, AC Milan and more to snap him up, the forward stayed loyal until 2000 when he joined Roma.

Gabriel Batistuta of Fiorentina

While he lifted the Coppa Italia and Serie A during his time in Europe, some were left feeling the 77-cap Argentina international didn’t quite achieve what he might have in the game.

Speaking to the American Business Forum, as quoted by ?Marca, the 50-year-old has finally revealed why a move to the likes of Real Madrid never appealed to him. 

“I never enjoyed being the star-man because as soon as you become the focal point of the team, you assume an extra burden of responsibility,” the Argentine admitted. “I received many offers namely from ?Real Madrid, Manchester United and ?Milan, but I preferred the tranquillity of playing for Fiorentina.

“If I had gone to Madrid I would have scored more than 200 goals, but I knew I would have got bored. The same thing would have happened to me at ?Milan.”

After nine years at Fiorentina, Batistuta did finally win a Scudetto with Roma in 2001, though the Champions League always alluded him. He also had a short loan stint with Inter in his dying days in Italian football, but no further honours were accrued before he moved to Al-Arabi to see out his final two years in the sport. 

But he maintained he had no regrets, concluding: “Although I have never won a major trophy, I consider myself a winner because I helped Fiorentina to compete with the big boys.”


Mauro Icardi Set to Reject €7m Contract Offer From Inter as Standoff Continues

The agent and wife of Inter striker Mauro Icardi, Wanda Nara, is set to reject the Nerazzurri’s latest contract offer, which is reported to be worth €7m a year.

Icardi has missed Inter’s last four games after being stripped of the club’s captaincy by manager Luciano Spalletti, with the Argentine not travelling for Inter’s Europa League trip to Rapid Vienna, and suffering with an apparent knee injury for the club’s last three matches. However, it seems that the Italian club are still keen to keep hold of their talisman despite the public saga.

Mauro Emanuel Icardi

According to ?CalcioMercato, the latest offer is an improvement of ?Icardi’s current deal at the club. However, ?Nara – who ?publicly cried after her husband was stripped of the club captaincy – is set to turn down the club’s offer immediately, sparking further speculation that the player will leave San Siro in the near future.

The 26-year-old forward has scored 15 goals in 28 matches in all competitions for ?Inter this season, which has taken his overall tally for the club to 122 goals in 210 games.


There have also been reports that Icardi would prefer to stay in Italy rather than move abroad, with rumours circling that the striker could join Serie A rivals ?Juventus and ?Napoli, with both clubs potentially looking to bring in a striker during the summer transfer window.

Despite the absence of their top goalscorer, Inter have not lost a game this season in which Icardi has not featured, perhaps persuading the club that should Icardi fail to agree on a new contract, that they can replace the Argentine sufficiently.


Ivan Perisic: Why the Inter Winger Could Be the Perfect Signing for Tottenham This Summer

Arsenal may have been heavily linked with a move for Ivan Perisic during the January transfer window, but in recent weeks it appears that the Gunners’ north London rivals have taken a keen interest in the Croatian winger.

Reports have claimed that Tottenham scouts were in Milan last weekend to cast their eyes over the 30-year-old as he starred in a 3-1 win for Inter over Sampdoria and, in response, Perisic himself is said to be favouring a move to the white half of north London.


?Perisic is by no means an archetypal Mauricio Pochettino signing, but if ?Tottenham were willing to take a gamble this summer, then they could do far worse than the ?Inter man.

It’s no secret that Tottenham aren’t financial heavyweights. Even before the previous two transfer windows in which they failed to make a single signing, they’ve never been able to fork out gargantuan transfer fees at the same rate as some of their top six rivals.

And, with the club still feeling the aftereffects of their disruptive move to the new White Hart Lane, it is highly unlikely that Daniel Levy is going to be delving deep into his pockets again this summer.


This means that, if Pochettino is going to develop his current squad, then he is going to have to sniff around to dig up some potential bargains. Given Perisic’s current situation, the Croatian may be a cheaper option than many would initially assume.

This is supported by the fact that, amid the substantial rumours surrounding Perisic’s future in January, Inter sporting director Giuseppe Marotta admitted that if Perisic wishes to leave then it would not be in the club’s best interests to cling on to him – especially as his value is only likely to decrease over the next few years.

Once a player reaches 30, as Perisic did earlier this month, their transfer value generally tends to decrease as clubs are often reluctant to invest in players who are not likely to play a part in any long-term plans. 

Financial reasons aside, Perisic could be the answer to some of the issues that have been undermining Spurs’ development over the past few seasons.

There is no denying that Perisic would be a short-term option whilst the club reassesses the current wide options they have at their disposal in the youth academy but if they are to bring their long wait for a trophy to an end then they need to ensure that their current squad is up to scratch.

?Christian Eriksen and ?Dele Alli have often been forced to adopt wide positions when the likes of Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura have been injured and with ?Son Heung-Min being used as support for ?Harry Kane, Tottenham are rather restricted when it comes to options out wide.

Perisic’s record in in the final third is rather impressive – 36 goals and 36 assists since joining Inter in 2015 – and his physical stature means that it shouldn’t take him too long to acclimatise to the English game. 

Anyone doubting his qualities only needs to look back at his performances in the 2018 World Cup knockout stages, where bagged goals in both the semi-final and final for Croatia.


If we go off their recent record, then it is anyone’s guess as to what Tottenham are going to do this summer.

It goes without saying that securing the futures of some of their current prize assets will remain the club’s priority and rightfully so. But that doesn’t mean they should aim to make strides and improve what they already have – starting with Perisic.


Inter, Bayern Munich & Man Utd Set for Transfer Tug of War Over Barcelona Star Ivan Rakitic

?Ivan Rakitic is set to have a number of Europe’s biggest clubs vying for his signature this summer, amid rumours the Croatian is set to leave Barcelona. 

The 30-year-old has been a key player for Barcelona since joining in 2014, but the arrival of Frenkie de Jong may threaten his spot on the first team with the Dutch youngster joins up with the squad next season.

Rakitic would be a fantastic addition to any of Europe’s powerhouses, and according to Mundo Deportivo, Rakitic is being monitored by Inter, Bayern Munich, PSG and Manchester United.

Ivan Rakitic

With the imminent departure of Adrien Rabiot at PSG, they may be the team most in need of Rakitic’s talents. The Parisians have previously attempted to lure Rakitic from Barcelona preparing an offer of €90m last summer.

Manchester United’s interest may depend on who they appoint as their next manager as well as on how their pursuit of Bruno Fernandes goes after they reportedly made contact with the Sporting captain.

Rakitic turns 31 in March and that may not be beneficial to Bayern Munich, who are looking to replace their ageing core players. 

The Bavarians already have youngsters such as Leon Goretzka, Corentin Tolisso, Renato Sanches to fill their midfield positions and the arrival of Rakitic may halt their progress. 

However, Rakitic already has experience in the Bundesliga from his time at Schalke which may tempt Bayern into bidding.

Rakitic want to may link up with fellow countryman Ivan Perisic at  Inter Milan in an attempt to end their eight-year trophy drought. 

The Croatian’s current Barcelona contract runs until 2021 and has a release clause of €125m if the midfielder is to leave Barcelona, then the fee agreed would likely be much less than that as he turns 31 next month.