Report: Arsenal line up player-plus-cash striker deal, manager responds
By Alex Taylor
Arsenal transfer target Mauro Icardi will not be leaving Inter Milan, according to the club’s new manager Frank de Boer.
Gazzetta Dello Sport have claimed that the Gunners are to make a last-ditch swoop for the 23-year-old by offering a player-plus-cash deal of £30million plus Olivier Giroud in exchange for the forward.
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.
“We will keep the players who we do not want to sell,” De Boer told Goal. “Icardi will remain. Mauro is young, can still learn and we will work very well together.”
Arsene Wenger’s side were dealt a major blow in their pursuit of Icardi after the Argentine striker took to social media showcase his love for his “home” at San Siro last week.
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The post followed a series of other pictures and Tweets which express his love for Inter Milan, a club which he has been with since 2013, scoring 47 goals for in the process.
Sky Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claimed on his website that Arsenal had set up a meeting in London last month to discuss Icardi moving to the club.
Wenger has admitted he is in the market for a new striker as well as a new centre-back in the final weeks of the transfer window.
In other Arsenal transfer news, Wenger has revealed that Arsenal scouts have been sent to the lower leagues to search for home-grown talent.