Inter President Erick Thohir says that Mauro Icardi’s price for Italian clubs is €400m, and confirms talks to raise his release clause are in progress. Problem is the proposed new release clause is too low.
The Inter captain has a €110m release clause in his contract, but it’s only valid for foreign clubs in the first two weeks of July.
Some sources have claimed that Juventus are interested in signing him this summer, but the Nerazzurri chief has made it clear they won’t do business with the Old Lady.
“Icardi has a release clause of €110m, any club thinking of paying it has to speak to the Inter executives,” Thohir told TopSkor.
“In Italy he’d cost much more than that figure, he could cost €200m, €300m or even €400m.
“At the moment the clause is still €110m, the increase to €150m hasn’t yet been agreed with the player.”
So why would you only raise Icardi’s release clause to €150m? With all the money in the Premier League, €150m is still within range of many clubs.
It’s a hyper-inflated market already. Lazio have put a €100m price tag on midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and it looks like Manchester United is willing to pay it. Gareth Bale will cost another €150m and United have not batted an eye of that.
World-class goal scorers, of which Icardi is one, are few and far between. There are maybe 10 in the world. A €150m release clause will not stop teams coming for Icardi. If not this summer, they will be back next summer.
Inter need to make Icardi untouchable. Give him a €250m release clause so he can continue to develop as an Inter player.