Inter Milan have rejected a £52million bid from Napoli for star striker Mauro Icardi, who has also been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal and Chelsea this summer, reports Sky Italia.
Napoli were desperate to make a statement after losing Gonzalo Higuain and they identified the Inter captain as the way of doing that.
This whole thing has seemed to be about getting a far better pay packet for Icardi by his wigent, Wanda Nara, who was reportedly not happy with the first offer from Napoli (this new one works out at around £111k per week).
The 23-year-old Argentine forward was instrumental for Serie A giants Inter Milan last season.
And Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger rightly made him the Gunners priority target in the summer transfer window as he continues to search for an upgrade for the inconsistent Olivier Giroud.
New Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has apparently entered the race to bring him to London too.
The Italian boss has been heavily linked with Everton striker Romelu Lukaku this summer, but Everton’s insistence that he will not leave for less than £75m has left him frustrated.
And Icardi has emerged as a plausible alternative, with Conte having experienced the Argentine hitman first-hand during his time in charge of Juventus.
The young Argentinean forward scored an impressive 22 league goals last season and has followed that up with another 16 this campaign. He is starting to show consistency in his goal scoring and, at just 23-years-old, however, he still has room to improve.
It must be said that Icardi is not a typical Wenger number nine. The striker doesn’t pride himself on his link-up play, but instead builds his game around his instinctive finishing and positioning.
He is a decent height standing at 6ft and wins a respectable 41 percent of his aerial duels.
Icardi is not known for his pace but is certainly a quicker option than Giroud and may thrive off the creativity from the likes of Mesut Ozil behind him.
Wenger has already missed out on striking targets Higuain and Jamie Vardy and Arsenal fans will almost certainly be concerned with the club’s recruitment strategy in terms of landing a new forward.