Mauro Icardi admitted he could leave Inter Milan this summer after the club’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League were dealt a major blow following a 2-1 defeat to Sassuolo on Saturday.
The Argentine star has been consistently linked with a move away from the San Siro and would likely to fetch a high price that could help balance Inter’s books now that the financial boost of Europe’s top competition now appears unlikely.
UEFA’s financial fair play rules may also pose a problem, and Icardi accepted Inter may need to sell him this summer.
“I repeat every year, I will speak to the club,” Icardi told Sky Sport Italia and Mediaset Premium.
“If it’s good for the team that I stay, then I’ll stay, otherwise I will leave. I always do what is best for the club and the team. When the season ends, we’ll talk to the club and see what is best for them.”
Regardless of who much Inter got for Icardi, €80m, €100m, €120m, there are few players across Europe, let alone in Italy, who have what Icardi has. Star quality, leadership, and the ability to shine in the face of adversity – that’s what makes Icardi one of the best strikers on the planet.
You cannot replace that easily. Lautaro Martínez is unproven at this level, and to think that he could come in and replicate the 29 goals that Icardi has scored is ludicrous.
You don’t sell predatory goal scorers, who are about to enter the prime of their career. You build a team around them to make them even better.