Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi nearly agreed shock move to Juventus

Aditya Devavrat 11:36 19/12/2018
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Mauro Icardi.

Mauro Icardi‘s wife and agent, Wanda Nara, has revealed that Juventus were interested in signing the Inter Milan striker in the summer to pair him with Cristiano Ronaldo.

The shock revelation comes as Icardi and Inter remain “very far” apart on contract negotiations, according to Nara.

“In the last transfer market he almost had a foot out of the door at Inter,” she said in an appearance on television show Tiki Taka.

“They wanted to send him to a city near here,” before nodding when asked if she meant Juventus.

“Everyone knows it. It was Mauro who turned down the money to stay at Inter.

“[Juve] told me he would play as a duo with Cristiano Ronaldo. They told me ‘if we don’t sign Icardi we won’t sign anybody else’.”

Nara also provided an update on Icardi’s contract, with the Argentine’s current deal, which includes a €110 million buyout clause, set to expire in 2021.

“We are very far apart, or rather not as close as you say,” she explained.

“I have to sit down and talk with the club and I have not done that yet.

“I’m bothered about what has been written in recent days – no one has called me to ask for an explanation.

“It makes me laugh when I hear that there is no market for Icardi. I think Inter can for his renewal – obviously the priority is to stay at Inter.

“The club contacted me in the middle of the Champions League group stage, but I replied said that it would be better to wait until the end end of the group.”

Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio dismissed the Juventus link as a “fairytale” move that would “never” happen.

“As for the claims we wanted to sell them to Juventus, I respond with a laugh and a no comment,” said Ausilio to reporters. “It’s better not to give names to suggestions like that at Christmas time…

“I can happily say Icardi will never go to Juve. You were dragged into this issue by some fairytale comments, but it’s not an issue.”

Ausilio reasserted that the club are set on keeping their captain and star striker.

“We are consistent with what we’ve said over the last few months.

“We are happy with Icardi as a player, with what he is giving on the pitch for Inter. He always takes responsibility and is afraid of nothing.

“The rest doesn’t matter: there is an official headquarters, I am at everyone’s disposal.

“Icardi’s agent knows where to find me, either in the office or by telephone. The rest, social media, the media, the Christmas box office movie, is of no interest to me.

“I have been very honest, I said how things stand. Icardi received a new contract two years ago and signed it. The most recent proposal was two months ago, he received it and at this moment has not accepted.

“That does not mean we cannot go forward. As far as we are concerned, we want to continue the negotiations and continue working together.

“Inter and I will only do our talking in the office, in our headquarters, not on social media or on television. (Inter CEO) Beppe Marotta and I are at their complete disposal.

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