Juventus are reportedly preparing a mega offer to entice Inter Milan to sell Mauro Icardi. The defending champions are offering €35 million along with striker Mario Mandzukic to convince Inter to part company with one of the best forwards in the Italian Serie A, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. Icardi has fallen out of favour with Inter and he has gone through a string of problems with the club over the last 12 months.
His future at the San Siro has been pushed to a huge doubt after manager Antonio Conte decided to take him out of his plans for the season. If history is anything to go by, it is very difficult to witness a change in Conte’s stance once a player is frozen out of the team. Even though Icardi’s wife, who also acts as the agent for the player, has been publicly reaffirming the player’s commitment to the club, but it seems to have not done the job.
Icardi is in danger of spending the next six months without regular first team football. Juventus have come to his rescue by making a sizeable offer for a player deemed surplus to requirements. Even though Icardi’s current plight with Inter has not been so great, the striker still has a contract with the club until 2021. This places Inter in a relatively strong position to want a better offer for the player.
After having brought in Romelu Lukaku from Manchester United in a club record deal, Inter do not have a lot of need for Icardi. They may also not require a new striker in the squad, but Juve are hoping to use Mandzukic as a potential temptation. Conte is a manager who has been able to achieve a lot of success when using a target man in his 3-5-2 formation. Lukaku is undoubtedly a strong and physical player, but he has not been often employed as a target man. The striker also tends to switch to the flanks too often. In such an instance, Mandzukic would be a good alternative.
Meanwhile, Icardi would represent a huge step in the right direction for Juve and Sarri. The manager has been backed well since taking over in the summer. However, there are still some issues to be sorted going forward. Sarri is not a huge fan of Paulo Dybala and the club have tried to offload the player on several occasions this summer. However, he remains at the club and it may be difficult for the team to just build around Cristiano Ronaldo, who is on the wrong side of his 30s.
It is highly unlikely that Inter will accept the player plus cash deal for Icardi. However, it is a good sign that Inter and Juve have been able to open up negotiations after the cold war between Beppe Morotta and Fabio Paratici.
The last few days of the 2019 transfer window is upon us and there is still a strong possibility that the two top teams in Italian football may come together for a deal that would suit all parties involved.