Mauro Icardi has been the subject of interest from the Premier League’s elite clubs for quite some time now, but a move to England finally seems to be on the cards.
Manchester United, in particular, have been very keen on securing the Argentine’s services, and rumors about a switch to Old Trafford have been gaining some traction recently.
Anyone who has paid close attention to United’s big money dealings in the last two years will quickly realize that there could only be one man behind the sensational moves – Mino Raiola.
The Italian ‘super-agent’ has been a central figure in most of the Red Devils’ recent blockbuster signings, overseeing the transfers of Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to the club.
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Icardi already has an agent in Wanda Nara – who is also his wife – but that hasn’t stopped Raiola from trying to get involved.
According to Corriere dello Sport, the Italian agent is attempting to become a lead broker in a potential £100 million deal to take the Inter captain to United, despite being told that the striker has little interest in changing his representation.
While the rumors of a switch to England have been picking up steam, Nara has been locked in negotiations with Inter over a new contract for her husband, amid the club’s desperate attempts to hold on to their star man.
Icardi has scored an impressive 18 goals in 24 games this season and has been central to the club’s efforts to push for a Champions League spot. Although the Nerazzurri currently sit 3rd in the Serie A table, their form has tailed off in recent weeks, and their position is far from secure, with Lazio sitting just two points behind them in 5th.
Icardi has not played in the Champions League yet, and at the age of 24, he will be desperate to get a taste of Europe’s elite competition.
The Argentine has a contract with his current employers that runs till 2021, and while they are negotiating an increase in his salary that could see him earn €7 million a year, they are actually more eager to increase his buy-out clause of €90 million, which will be active in July.
Recent transfer dealings in the market have shown that €100 million for a world-class player is now the standard, and so, Inter are working tirelessly to at least earn as much money as they can if the player decides to leave the club in the future.
United will be depending on Raiola once more to bring them a superstar, and with the money he could stand to earn from an Icardi transfer, it goes without saying that he will do everything in his power to make it happen.