Inter Milan are reportedly looking to increase Mauro Icardi’s release clause by offering him a new contract, since the current clause is now seen as being too low.
Icardi currently has a release clause of £100m according to talkSPORT, but Inter are looking to raise that after Paris Saint-Germain paid £200m for Neymar, while taking out a loan with an obligation to buy at £160m for Kylian Mbappe.
Ousmane Dembele joined Barcelona for £100m plus £35m in add-ons, meaning Icardi’s £100m clause is no longer the deterrent Inter had hoped. Arsenal were linked with Icardi this summer and made a £92m bid of their own for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar. As a result, Inter want to raise the release clause to £190m.
Icardi has been in electric form for the Italian side so far in the new campaign, scoring five goals in just three appearances. He also now captains the side, so Inter will have little desire to lose their club captain and top goalscorer at all if possible. But if he has to go, £190m is certainly better than £100m.
The player himself seems pretty happy in Italy, at least his wife and agent claim he is. But if the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid came calling, who knows? It’s better for Inter to be ready, just in case.