Respected Italian agent Federico Pastorello believes Mauro Icardi is likely to attract plenty of suitors when the transfer window reopens in July. The Argentina international has been a consistent performer for the Nerazzurri, and he has already notched 18 Serie A goals for the club this term.
In a report covered by Goal.com, Pastorello suggested that Icardi will be the summer’s big transfer with Real Madrid, among other including Paris Saint-Germain deemed to be vying for his signature, he said: “The most expensive transfer of the summer will involve Icardi.”
The Argentine has recently displaced Gonzalo Higuain from the national setup, and he is a likely contender to make this summer’s World Cup, where a strong showing could build his reputation further. The former Sampdoria man presently has a € 110 million release clause in his contrast, and this does not appear to have deterred Real Madrid, in particular, who are planning a major squad overhaul in the summer.
Los Blancos president Florentino Perez is seemingly disappointed with the performances of Karim Benzema since his contract extension and it is suggested that the Frenchman will be shown the exit door in the summer to bring in Icardi, who can lead the line for many years to come.
Meanwhile, Pastorello also shared his thoughts on the situations of both Maurizio Sarri and Emre Can with the former surprisingly being tipped to succeed Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger in the future, he added: “Can is a top player, Juventus have the power to attract these kind of players, Marotta and Paratici are really good in doing these things. Sarri? I know Arsenal want him. Allegri? It’s hard for him to find something better than Juventus. But I know from experience that the best negotiations are carried out secretly.”
Icardi’s wife and agent Wanda Nara has previously spoken fondly about Inter Milan owing to their brilliant treatment of their players on and off the pitch, but the striker could yet demand for a potential exit in the summer with the club still far off from competing for Serie A honours.