By Will Butcher
Arsenal have been in contact with the representatives of Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi as they look to add firepower to their attack.
According to The Sun, The Nerazzuri have slapped a £43million price tag on their prize asset and seem resigned to losing him this summer.
Sky Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claimed on his website that Arsenal aim to set up a meeting in London next week to discuss a potential move.
Icardi has three years remaining on his contract but his future is in doubt following a breakdown in his relationship with Inter chiefs.
The Gunners’ manager Arsene Wenger is desperate to bring in a striker for the forthcoming campaign, with Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott not showing enough consistency for Wenger’s liking.
Wenger, who is in his 20th year at Arsenal, has been linked with moves for Alexandre Lacazette, Carlos Bacca and Gonzalo Higuain.
The 66-year-old Frenchman was rejected by Premier League champion Jamie Vardy earlier in the summer, who has since opted to stay with Leicester.
Icardi 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.
In other Arsenal news, axed legend Thierry Henry has had his say on Alexis Sanchez.