Inter Milan striker on Manchester United’s winter shortlist?

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is understood to be planning a tempting package to lure Inter Milan skipper Mauro Icardi to Old Trafford. The Argentina international has been with the Nerazzurri since the summer of 2013 and during his period, he has contributed 108 goals from just 186 appearances for the club across all competitions.

As such, he has been attracting interest from elite sides in every transfer window and Argentine outlet Ole has now claimed United are considering activating the €100m release clause written into his current contract.

United have largely relied on the services of Romelu Lukaku upfront since last season and though the Belgian has impressed, they have been a number of occasions whereby he has been guilty of missing clear-cut chances.

As a result, the Red Devils have struggled to find the cutting edge to secure the vital points and this appears to have already become a trend this campaign with two defeats from their opening five Premier League matches.

Meanwhile, Ole has suggested that any future move for Icardi may depend on the striker’s final decision and it remains to be see whether the United hierarchy would sanction such a huge outlay to pursue the Argentine.

United’s board has become rather strict with their transfer business since their limited success with Alexis Sanchez, who is currently on Premier League-record wages and they are now said to be judgemental regarding any signing which Mourinho makes.

Moreover, there are suggestions that the club would only consider moves for players, who could command a good resale value whilst they are also reluctant to pay over the odds for any new recruit.

Based on this, a move for Icardi appears far from certain in the next transfer window and Mourinho’s prospects of signing the striker could be dampened further, should he extend his contract with the Nerazzurri.

The San Siro giants have been in contract with the marksman’s representative since the turn of the year and there are supposedly seeking to prolong his stay beyond June 2021 which would provide them the opportunity to increase his current release clause.

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