According to media reports Napoli have had a €50m offer for Mauro Icardi rejected by Inter as the Nerazzurri are holding out for for €80m, so they can buy Romelu Lukaku.
I am a little surprised that Inter turned down this bid as it is clear Icardi is not in their plans and left him out of their pre-season tour of Asia.
With Conte and Inter both stating that Icardi has no future at the club, the feeling is that these comments have significantly reduced Icardi’s value on the transfer market from €110m down to approximately €60-70m.
With this in mind, Napoli made their first formal bid to Inter for the striker at €50m, according to Tuttomercatoweb.
However, the same report states Inter rejected it outright and won’t even sit down to negotiations unless their €80m asking price is met.
Napoli were seemingly surprised, hoping for preferential treatment from Inter compared to arch-rivals Juventus, who were hoping to wait it out for just €40m in late August.
This version of events suggests Inter have decided not to sell Icardi for less than his market value, which opens up a whole can of worms if nobody is willing to pay that. Then would Conte welcome him back? Would the fans welcome Icardi back?