Inter Milan are determined to part ways with the out-of-favor striker Mauro Icardi, according to the club’s CEO Beppe Marotta
Although a couple of days ago Wanda Nara reiterated her husband’s desire to remain at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, the Argentinean seems destined to leave Italy’s fashion capital before the European transfer deadline.
A breakdown between Inter and Icardi saw the 26-year-old stripped of the club’s captaincy in February and removed out of the squad for the majority of the second half of last season.
The former Sampdoria man’s situation at the Nerazzurri has gone from bad to worse following Antonio Conte’s arrival, as the Italian coach immediately put the ex-skipper on the transfer list.
While Juventus and Napoli both showed appreciation for Icardi’s services, his wife, Wanda Nara, has admitted that her husband wants to continue with Inter.
Nara has boldly stated that someone from the top of Inter hierarchy urged the player to turn down all the offers and stay put.
“Right now [Conte] is not letting [Icardi] play but maybe he will,” Nara said on Mediaset TV show Tiki Taka.
“I’m not waiting for anything. Maybe someone told him to stay. Who? Maybe the one who runs the club.
“We have many friends in Naples. It’s true – he has said no to every destination that is not Inter.
“Everyone has known his choice since the start of the summer, and that is the case for any team that has shown interest. In my view, at the end of the day, he will remain at Inter.
“He doesn’t believe it’s over at Inter. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I do know his words when the transfer market opened. He has stayed consistent.
“There were offers that no player in the world would have turned down, but he said no for Inter.”
However, Nara’s words have provoked Inter management, and CEO Beppe Marotta took no time to give a proper response.
“We greeted Wanda Nara’s comments with a pinch of irritation, both for the timing and the method,” he said.
“I can also categorically deny that someone at the club told Icardi to stay at Inter, especially not President Steven Zhang.
“The strategy Inter have taken is precise, and we communicated it clearly in the right time-frame. We’ll continue like this to the end, and nobody at Inter can change this common approach that is shared by everyone.”
After snapping up Romelu Lukaku, the Milanese giants are now keen to land another Manchester United misfit, as they work around the clock to bring in Alexis Sanchez.
The Chilean’s arrival is, however, closely tied to Icardi’s future. The Nerazzurri need to offload their outcast first before taking the former Udinese star back to Serie A.