Mauro Icardi’s Agent Reveals ‘Big Clubs’ Willing to Trigger Inter Striker’s Release Clause

?Mauro Icardi’s wife and agent Wanda Nara has revealed there has been a great deal of interest from a host of European super clubs willing to trigger the Argentine striker’s release clause.

The ?Inter captain currently has his release clause set at a hefty €110m, but this has allegedly not dissuaded interest from the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and ?Real Madrid who would be interested in signing the 25-year-old striker.

FC Internazionale v US Sassuolo - Serie A

Icardi enjoyed yet another season of prolific goalscoring in Serie A this campaign, notching 29 goals throughout the season to claim a share of the Capocannoniere award with Ciro Immobile of Lazio.

His goalscoring exploits fired the Nerazzuri into the Champions League places on the final day of the season, thus attracting interest from a whole host of ‘big clubs’ across Europe.

Nara spoke to Radio Metro regarding the possibility of a big-money deal, saying: “There are some big clubs ready to pay the release clause, which is very high, but considering the figures that are circulating in football right now and the kind of player Mauro is, it’s not even that remarkable.

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“There are many clubs putting pressure on, but his priority is Inter. There will be a meeting with their director of sport and the priority as of today is to stay here.”

As a result of Inter securing Champions League football for the 2018/19 season, the Nerazzuri are naturally very keen to renew the contract of their prized asset, keeping him at the club as they look to return to the formidable force in Italy, and indeed Europe, that they once were.

“It irritates me when people underestimate Mauro, as he is wanted by the three best teams in the world,” Nara added.

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“We’ll see what he does with Inter, the situation is he’ll either sign a renewal or leave, but the priority is to remain here and resolve the issue before we can go on vacation.”

With Icardi ?omitted from Argentina’s World Cup squad destined for Russia this summer, he’ll have plenty of time to consider his next destination without the added pressures of international football. However, it goes without saying that Inter fans will undoubtedly be keen to see their talisman donning the same blue and black jersey come the end of the summer.



Bayern Munich Have to Ignore Ex-Player’s Advice on Thiago & Keep the Spaniard in Long-Term Plans

Germany legend Lothar Matthäus gave Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcântara a scathing review on Wednesday, advising the Bavarian giants to cash in on the 27-year-old who, in Matthäus’ eyes at least, is not good enough to be a part of their squad.

But even for one of the Bundesliga’s most outspoken and often criticised personalities, Matthäus is dangerously treading on thin ice in his analysis of Thiago.

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It is without question that the Spain international has been below par in recent weeks, and Thiago’s drop in form unsurprisingly coincides with ?Bayern Munich wrapping up the league title and dropping out of the Champions League – although this could be said for most of their squad.

But Thiago is rightly held in high regard across the footballing world, with a majority of fans deeming the former ?Barcelona star as one of the most technically gifted midfielders on the planet.

A number of muscle injuries have seen Thiago receive limited playing time this season but the 27-year-old still remains as one of Bayern Munich’s best performing midfielders.

Thiago has a higher pass completion and total passes statistic than any of his midfield counterparts this season, with only James Rodríguez making more key passes in the German top flight.


But Thiago’s influence in the Bayern Munich squad isn’t just limited to attack. Despite being one of the most creative players at the club, the Spaniard has shown time and time again how he is a forced to be recorded in his defensive duties.

The La Masia graduate has won more tackles per 90 minutes that his compatriot Javi Martínez, who was deployed as a defensive midfielder under Jupp Heynckes throughout the season. Thiago also averages more blocks and interceptions than Chilean hard-man Arturo Vidal every game.

But regardless of Thiago’s brilliant stats, what is it about the midfielder that doesn’t make him a Bayern Munich player? Is it because the Bavarians didn’t sign him from a Bundesliga rival?

Additionally, Thiago is unlikely to be the first name on fans’ lips when they think of an underperforming player – especially in Matthäus’ time frame of “recent weeks”.

Robert Lewandowski may have maintained a steady goalscoring towards the end to the campaign, but you don’t have to be a football fan to see that the Polish striker has had one eye on the summer transfer window for weeks.

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And let’s not even start on the season that Mr Bayern Munich – otherwise know as Thomas Müller – has had this campaign. If the Bavarians, for some strange reason, do decide to heed to Matthäus’ advice there is no question that they would find a replacement in no time at all.

But you’d be hard-pressed to find a single team in Europe where the ex-Barça star would not be welcomed with open arms.

Although he is still very much a playmaking midfielder, his development into more of an all-rounder should make Thiago the player who Bayern Munich build their squad around – not a player who can be cast off just because he isn’t ‘Bayern’ enough.



Bayern Munich’s Arturo Vidal Rules Out Chelsea Switch But Remains Keen on Other Premier League Club

After spending three seasons with ?Bayern Munich, Chile’s Arturo Vidal is reportedly looking for a new challenge away from the Bavarian club, and has been ?heavily linked with a switch to the Premier League.

The 31-year-old midfielder is widely anticipated to leave Bayern Munich this summer, after having won the ?Bundesliga for third time with Die Bayern, ?although the former ?Juventus man will be slightly disheartened by Chile’s failure to qualify for the World Cup, as well as sustaining a knee injury in April. 

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In recent years, Vidal has been heavily tipped to join ?Chelsea should he choose to come to the Premier League, not least due to the positive relationship he established with Blues boss Antonio Conte throughout their time in Turin together.

However, with Conte widely tipped to leave Chelsea this summer, as well as the Blues failing to secure qualification to the Champions League, Vidal is reportedly no longer interesting in making the switch to London, as reported by Chilean journalist Maks Cárdenas.

Instead, ?Manchester United have become the main subject of Vidal’s interest, with Bayern reportedly ready to allow the Chile midfielder leave for a fee of €50m.

??Despite Vidal still having one year remaining on his contract, he is keen to leave Bayern Munich, with the incoming Leon Goretzka expected to limit the 31-year-old’s opportunities at the Allianz Arena.



Chelsea to Make Bayern Munich Striker Robert Lewandowski ‘Top Priority’ This Summer

?Chelsea have made the signing of ?Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski a priority, after apparently sounding out the unsettled Polish star.

The Blues are set to undergo a rebuilding process this summer following the disappointments of the 2017/18 season, and see Lewandowksi as just what they need to regain their status as one of England and Europe’s very best clubs.


Spanish striker Alvaro Morata failed to live up to his price tag following his move from ?Real Madrid last summer, and finished his debut season in the Premier League with just 11 goals.

?He is being touted to return to Juventus, which would pave the way for the Blues to sign Lewandowski, who appears not to be totally happy at the Bavarian giants.

He has previously had gripes about the club’s transfer policy, and recently showed his frustrations after being substituted by Jupp Heynckes against Koln

The 29-year-old is the number one transfer target for Chelsea according to the Telegraph despite the uncertainty over Antonio Conte’s future, but his acquisition may prove difficult since they will only be able to offer Europa League football next season.

Their stuttering end to the 2017/18 season meant that they missed out on the Champions League, a competition Lewandowski has played in every year since 2011.

He is without doubt one of world football’s best strikers and would surely be looking at playing at the very highest level to complement his abilities.?



Bayern Munich Defender Hints He Could Leave Germany as He Talks Up ‘Interesting’ Foreign Leagues

?Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng has put plenty of clubs on alert as he has declared that he is open to leaving Germany.

Premier League sides Manchester United and Manchester City, in particular, are expected to be piqued, given the player’s latest comments and could be tempted into making an approach for the versatile German centre-back this summer.

The 29-year-old has already spent time at City, joining from Hamburger SV in 2010, but things didn’t go according to plan and he moved to Bayern after just one season.

Boateng has since developed into one of Europe’s best defenders, helping Die Roten to six Bundesliga titles, as winning the World Cup with Germany four years ago. But he seems to be open to a new adventure elsewhere, although he claims to be “feeling very well” at his current club and is aware of how difficult it would be to leave the Allianz.

“Foreign counties are always interesting. You do not have many chances. Everyone has to decide for himself whether he wants to gain experience again,” he said in an interview with ?FourFourTwo.

?“I’m a different age now than I was at Manchester City and now at the point of thinking about it again. Of course, it’s very difficult to get away from Bayern. That would not be a decision against Bayern, I’ve been feeling very well in Munich for years.”

If he is intent on leaving, his availability would certainly prompt a transfer war. Jose Mourinho is understood to have already demanded five new players ahead of next season, while City will also be keen on improving their Premier League winning squad.

One would think that Chelsea would get themselves in the mix as well, given their failed season. But Boateng will obviously want to compete in the Champions League and that could rule them out completely.