Inter Milan reportedly intend to use Mauro Icardi as part of their bid to land the outgoing Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, reports in England say
Although Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez had enjoyed a stellar season before the coronavirus outbreak halted proceedings in Italy and Europe, the latter could move on in the summer.
Indeed, Barcelona’s list of summer targets features the name of the Argentinean forward close to the top, and the La Liga powerhouse will probably make an effort to concretize their interest.
Well aware of the possibility of losing the former Racing man, the Nerazzurri are on the lookout for a new striker to pair up with Lukaku in the final third.
As per the Daily Mirror, the Serie A side have set their sights on the Arsenal stalwart, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and will try to lure the Gunners into selling by inserting Mauro Icardi in the deal.
ARSENAL have been offered Mauro Icardi in a swap deal with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Tuttosport) pic.twitter.com/YYTfJjCkdF— Arsenal Transfers (@ArsenalNews93) May 8, 2020
Icardi had displayed his predatory instincts during his season-long loan at Paris Saint-Germain, racking up 20 goals in 28 outings across all competitions before the season was stopped.
The 27-year-old striker swapped the Giuseppe Meazza for Parc des Princes last summer after falling out with Inter’s hierarchy and fans and is not in Antonio Conte’s plans for the future.
Although PSG have an option to make his move permanent for £56million this summer, the financial fallout caused by the pandemic has cast doubt on that scenario.
📰 — Lautaro Martinez is on his way to becoming a Barça player.— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) March 12, 2020
– He will cost Barça 150 million Euros and will earn a salary of 18 million Euros.
– Inter are interested in Aubameyang and Werner as replacements.
While the perennial Ligue 1 champions still assess the possibility of triggering Icardi’s buy-out clause, Inter are planning to use their outcast in a part-exchange to bring Aubameyang to the Apennines.
The Gabonese star could depart the Emirates at the end of the season after struggling to find an agreement with Arsenal over a contract extension.
The 30-year-old’s current contract is due to expire in 2021, and the London outfit will look to offload him this summer unless they manage to convince their headline performer to pledge his future to the club by then.
Since Aubameyang’s contract expires at the same time as Icardi’s, a swap deal seems to be appealing to both sides, as it would help them cut their losses and benefit from their wantaway strikers’ desire for a new challenge.