By Dominic Toner
Mauro Icardi is in the middle of a north London battle as his agent confirmed that both Tottenham and Arsenal had made contact about a sensational summer transfer.
Tottenham were given the green light to sign Icardi for £38million earlier this week after his wife and agent Wanda Nara confirmed that Inter Milan had put the striker up for sale.
This claim was denied by Inter but Nara has now revealed that a host of European clubs have stepped up their pursuit of the 23-year-old, who has three years remaining on his Inter contract.
“Atletico Madrid, Tottenham and Arsenal have made contact. Napoli and Roma are also interested now,” said Nara, as quoted by The Sun.
As reported by Football Insider Tottenham are preparing to table a £38million club-record bid for Icardi and are ready to smash the club-record £27million fee paid for Erik Lamela three years ago.
The Inter captain bagged 16 goals and four assists in Serie A for the Italian giants in 2015-16, but was left out out of the highly competitive Argentina squad for this summer’s Copa America.
Icardi rejected a staggering £21million-a-year offer from China last week in favour of remaining in Europe.
Inter have recently been taken over by Chinese investors and it is believed that the club are waiting to see the value of the final offer before evaluating with the new owners.
The Sun claim Juventus had bid £42million for Icardi as the Serie A champions look to replace Alvaro Morata, who has who re-joined Real Madrid.
The Dutch striker will link up with Harry Kane in the upcoming season, who led the attack single-handedly last year with 25 Premier League goals.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a midfielder has signed a new deal after being given a first-team guarantee.