NEWS
Saturday August 17 2019
Napoli try to convince Icardi

Napoli have offered €60m plus bonuses for Mauro Icardi and could even include Arkadiusz Milik in a swap deal, but the player remains hesitant.

Icardi has rejected all options other than Juventus so far this summer, even after he was frozen out of the Inter squad and told publicly on several occasions that he was not part of their plans.

Now the situation around Icardi has changed considerably over the last few days and that gives Napoli a very big opportunity to convince him.

Edin Dzeko sparked the domino effect by signing a contract extension with Roma, which took him off the table for Inter.

The Nerazzurri have seemingly decided to go for Alexis Sanchez instead, as Sky Sport Italia claim they have already agreed personal terms with the Chile international.

Manchester United are open to a loan deal with option to buy at the end of the season for around €20m, also paying part of his €10m salary.

Paulo Dybala has made it clear he wants to remain at Juventus and scored a sensational goal in a friendly win over Triestina this evening, celebrating not with his usual Dybalamask, but by pointing to the name on the back of the jersey and patting the club badge on his chest.

Gonzalo Higuain also seems to have done enough to remain, with Mario Mandzukic now the favourite to ship out.

All this means there probably won’t be room for Icardi at Juve, nor will they be able to offer Dybala in exchange, the only option that Inter would potentially accept.

It leaves Icardi essentially stranded and Napoli aim to take advantage by putting on a charm offensive to the Argentine and his wife/agent Wanda Nara.

The offer is €60m plus bonuses, which comes close to Inter’s €70m asking price, although there is also the possibility of using Milik as part of the deal along with €10m cash instead.

The basic problem remains the same as it has been since the start of the summer – Icardi is resisting all proposals and refusing to leave Inter, even when he has been pushed to the sidelines.

Wanda Nara also sent more messages via Instagram today, with pictures of her home on Lake Como and a caption expressing how much she loves living there.