Mauro Icardi looks set to sign a new deal with Inter Milan.
The news could come as a blow to Arsenal and Chelsea, who were linked with a move for Icardi in the summer.
The 23-year-old Argentine had emerged as an alternative striker target to Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette.
And although Arsene Wenger eventually bolstered his attacking options with the purchase of Lucas Perez from Deportivo La Coruna, the Frenchman could have decided to reignite his interest in January.
Whereas, Chelsea joined the race a bit late but were desperate to land the highly-rated striker in order to add more firepower in Antonio Conte’s forward line.
Icardi is hoping Inter can clinch the Serie A title away from Juventus this season, although he knows it will be a tough task.
Two weeks ago, Icardi’s goal was insufficient to redeem a poor performance. But against Pescara, the Argentine seemed to turn everything to gold, even his early fluffed chance the sign that he could time his runs well. Should have seen his beautiful feint be rewarded with a Banega goal, back-heeled a flick into a teammates’ path. And he scored twice.
Inter Milan took the whole of Italy on a rollercoaster, end-to-end affair during their 2-1 away win over Pescara on Sunday.
Jean-Christophe Bahebeck’s opener for the hosts Pescara came on one of many dangerous counter-attacks, while Inter failed to find daylight despite creating a fair few chances at the other end.
Inter eventually equalized, through a Mauro Icardi header, but all looked lost when Bahebeck was again found unmarked in the box, only for Handanovic to miraculously turn his deflection away.
Throwing themselves back into the fray, Inter took all three points when Icardi made the most of a comical Norbert Gyomber error.