Arsenal on alert as reported £30m summer striker target falls out with fans
By Emma Sanders
Arsenal are on alert after summer striker target Mauro Icardi has become an increasingly isolated figure at Inter Milan.
The Nerazzuri skipper could be looking for an exit from the San Siro after recent disputes with a group of senior players.
Italian publication Il Messaggero claimed in July that Icardi held talks in London with Arsenal about a move to the north London club.
Icardi’s situation seems to have worsened in Italy after he was booed by his own fans when he missed a penalty during Inter’s 2-1 defeat against Cagliari this weekend.
A report by Sky Sports on Sunday claimed the attacker could be stripped of the Inter captaincy after angering the club’s fans with comments in his recent autobiography.
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Inter Milan vice-president and club legend, Javier Zanetti admitted the club “will take measures” but amid a growing row, it’s increasingly possible Icardi could leave the club next year.
Arsenal may renew their interest in the striker as a result after it was reported by Gazzetta dello Sport in the summer the Gunners were prepared to make a player-plus-cash bid of £30 million plus Olivier Giroud in exchange for Icardi.
Recent revelations from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain suggest the winger may be forced to leave the Emirates in the summer due to lack of game time and there could become an opening for Icardi.
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.
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