There are growing reports this evening Mauro Icardi is suing Inter to be allowed back into training sessions, pending €1.5m in damages.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Icardi and wife/agent Wanda Nara have started legal action against the club.
This was confirmed to several other sources by representatives at the club.
It is now open warfare between the player and Nerazzurri, a situation that started when he was stripped of the captaincy – for reasons that have never been confirmed or clarified in public – in February.
He was then told in no uncertain terms this summer when Antonio Conte took over that he was not in their plans for this season and should find himself another club.
However, the Argentina international refused every transfer opportunity, as confirmed by Wanda Nara this week, because he was determined to remain at Inter.
With Vice-President Javier Zanetti and CEO Beppe Marotta declaring again over the last 48 hours that there would be no change of heart, it had been reported Icardi was considering a contract extension to allow a loan move to Monaco.
However, this evening it emerged that Icardi had started legal action against Inter to be allowed back into full training sessions or sue the club for €1.5m in damages.
There were signs last night that the situation was deteriorating, as the entire Inter squad – including new signing Alexis Sanchez – attended a team dinner together in Milan.
Only Icardi was absent, remaining at his Lake Como home with Wanda and their children.
It will be interesting to see what happens now, because Inter had anticipated the possibility of legal action and consulted lawyers on how to exclude him just enough to ensure they were covered.
Napoli and Monaco are prepared to pay €65m with increased wages, but Icardi has refused to even consider their proposals.