Inter talked to Atletico and Juventus about Icardi deal, claims Wanda Nara

The interest in the Argentine is huge, according to his wife and agent, but she admits that he does not want to leave the San Siro outfit until he has lifted a title

Inter and Atletico Madrid met last week to discuss the transfer of Mauro Icardi, according to the player’s wife and agent Wanda Nara.

Nara has been vocal about Icardi’s future in recent days, claiming Inter have put their captain up for sale amid reported interest from La Liga giants Atletico.

However, Inter said they have no plans to sell Icardi, who signed a new four-year deal in June last year.

But Nara insists the 23-year-old is a wanted man, with Italian champions Juventus and Napoli also interested.

“For Mauro, Inter comes first and the rest comes later. I work for what is best for my husband,” she told Qui Studio a Voi Stadio on Telelombardia.

“Mauro has a wonderful rapport with the club, with Roberto Mancini and the fans. He is a real captain.
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“The truth is that Mauro turned down the opportunity to play in the Champions League with another club because he loves Inter so much. I spoke to Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid before the renewal last year, but he decided to continue with Mancini.

“Mauro really was in the market and we turned down many clubs. Last year, the wage Inter offered Mauro was laughable. He was practically gone, but gave up on a lot in order to stay. 

“Juventus and Napoli were also interested in Mauro. Inter met with Juventus, but they never spoke to me.

“I know that Inter met with Atletico Madrid last week to discuss Mauro.

“He won’t leave until he’s won something.”

Icardi scored 16 goals in 33 Serie A appearances as Inter finished fourth last season.

'I don't care about Icardi rumours' – Mancini unconcerned by striker speculation

The forward is widely expected to leave the San Siro in the summer transfer window but the Inter head coach says the rumours do not concern him

Inter boss Roberto Mancini is unconcerned by speculation over the future of captain Mauro Icardi.

The forward’s wife and agent, Wanda Nara, has been vocal in recent days about a possible move away from San Siro.

Nara has claimed that Icardi could be forced to leave if Inter do not offer a suitable improvement to his contract, and has suggested that Arsenal, Tottenham, Napoli, Atletico Madrid and Roma are among the clubs to have enquired over his signature.

Mancini, however, says the 23-year-old’s focus in pre-season training has been clear and denied that the rumours have caused any unrest.

“He’s working hard,” he said. “The rest doesn’t concern me. He’s training, he’s committed, I don’t care what is said on the outside.
“I don’t read the newspapers and I don’t watch TV, what counts is that he could maybe score 20 goals.

“Everyone is working very well, they’re all totally committed. So it’s all okay.”

Inter led the Serie A standings for much of the first half of last season, before inconsistent form since the turn of the year saw them drop out of the top three.

Mancini believes the foundations of his team are strong, but maintains that champions Juventus are favourites to win the Scudetto for the sixth year in a row.

“They’ve strengthened despite losing [Alvaro] Morata, but anything can happen in football. They’re certainly still the favourites,” he said.

“Last year, we were at the top for a long time, the base is there. When you make changes it’s not easy, the new players need time to acclimatise. We’re not missing much to be complete.

“It’s hard to say where we can get at this point.”

Inter deny Icardi is up for sale

The Argentinian striker’s wife and agent, Wanda Nara, claimed the Nerazzurri had put him on the transfer list, but sporting director Piero Ausilio has refuted the suggestion

Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio has denied that striker Mauro Icardi is up for sale.

Icardi’s wife and agent Wanda Nara claimed on Sunday that Inter had put the captain up for sale amid reported interest from Atletico Madrid.

However, Ausilio has insisted there are no plans to let the 23-year-old Argentinian, who signed a new four-year contract at San Siro in June 2015, leave.

Asked about Nara’s comments, Ausilio said: “I’m not angry about it, I just would have preferred to spend my Sunday differently.

“It made me smile to be honest, but I do think it was the wrong time and the wrong place. You always have the opportunity to discuss these things but I feel it was done the wrong way. It should be done in private.

“In any case, one day of headlines is enough; let’s talk about things that matter. Icardi signed a new contract a year ago, we’ve made him our captain and he’s not for sale. Anything else is just talk.”

Ausilio revealed Inter hold an interest in Portugal and Sporting midfielder Joao Mario, while he does not feel Palmeiras forward Gabriel Jesus admitting he would like to play for the Serie A club last week gives them the upper hand in the race for his signature.

The sporting director also confirmed Inter’s interest in Sassuolo’s Domenico Berardi had ceased, while revealing there has been no movement on the potential signing of Lazio ace Antonio Candreva.
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“Joao Mario is a good player but he’s very expensive. We’re tracking him but we’re looking at other players too,” Ausilio said.

“As for Gabriel Jesus, we can’t say we hold an advantage because the situation is in the hands of his club and the player himself.

“About 10 of the world’s biggest clubs are after him and we’re one of them. The competition for his signature is fierce.

“We just need to make a couple of additions and we know exactly which areas we’re looking at. We’re not in any rush because the transfer window has only just opened.

“We met with Sassuolo to inquire over Domenico Berardi’s availability, plus a few other players. The response was negative and the conversation finished there.

“We haven’t put an offer on the table for Antonio Candreva. His technical ability is not in question but you have to take other things into consideration.”

Ausilio refuted reports linking centre-back Jeison Murillo with a move away from San Siro, but admitted talks with Roma regarding the transfer of Juan Jesus are ongoing.

“There have never been talks over Jeison Murillo, but there’s been contact with Roma over Juan Jesus,” he said.

“That doesn’t mean anything has been done, however. We’re still talking, let’s wait and see.”

Inter want to sell Icardi, Wanda Nara reveals

The striker’s wife has announced that he is nearing the San Siro exit as the club look to raise funds from the sale of the highly-coveted 23-year-old

Mauro Icardi’s wife and agent Wanda Nara has revealed Inter have put the Argentine forward up for sale.

Icardi was appointed as Inter’s captain at the start of the 2015-16 season, but he has courted interest from several clubs after scoring 16 goals in 33 league games for his side. 

It was reported in AS that Atletico Madrid had agreed a deal for the 23-year-old, and Nara has revealed that the Nerazzurri are set to cash in on the interest, though she hopes they will ask for a fair price.
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“From what I can see, Inter have put Icardi up for sale,” Nara told calciomercato.com. “There are many clubs interested. We will evaluate the situation with all due respect for everyone.

“Mauro would be very sad to leave Inter, but we’ve understood the club’s economic situation and evidently they cannot hold Icardi back.

“There is no release clause in his contract and we hope Inter won’t ask for a sum that is outside the market value, but rather suited to his contract.”

Icardi, who previously stated that he would “absolutely” be staying at San Siro, is said to have attracted interest from Arsenal, Atletico and Tottenham among others.

'Mourinho needs an enemy to attack – sometimes he invents his own'

The controversial Portuguese manager has been involved in several feuds throughout his career and the former Inter striker believes they are necessary to his style

Former Inter striker Diego Milito says Jose Mourinho needs an enemy to attack and even “invents” his own because thrives on conflict.

New Manchester United manager Mourinho will go head-to-head with old foe Pep Guardiola, now in charge of Manchester City, in the Premier League next season, and took aim at predecessor Louis van Gaal and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger this week as he got to work at Old Trafford.

Milito, who fired Inter to Champions League glory in 2010 under the leadership of Mourinho, believes the Portuguese is deliberately antagonistic towards his opponents.

“Sometimes he invents enemies himself on purpose,” the retired forward said. “Guardiola included, just go and ask Pep.

“Mourinho is a great leader of groups, we are talking about a coach of the highest level in the world. He makes sure that every player gives 100 per cent, has the right word at the right moment and can be punishing when necessary.
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“He knows how to protect his team and always needs an enemy to be able to attack or defend his squad.”

Milito added he thinks Mourinho’s treble-winning Inter team deserved more praise, with the club only winning one Coppa Italia and the FIFA Club World Cup in the six seasons since that triumph.

“In that Champions League, we eliminated the best Barcelona side of all time and then beat Bayern Munich in the final,” Milito said. “However, a lot of people still criticised us.

“When we went to Barcelona, they accused us of being defensive even though we played with four strikers. Further, [Goran] Pandev was injured in the warm-up and Thiago Motta was sent off.

“We need to take everything into consideration. The media have focused on the Guardiola-Mourinho aspect and have not given enough praise to what we did as a team.”