Three games to close the year, 270 minutes more or less before sitting down, discussing and ultimately signing. On the field, Inter focus on Chievo, Napoli and Empoli to strengthen their third place and reduce the distance to second. While off of it, things have begun to heat up for the January transfer market.
Two nights ago, before Christmas party, Beppe Marotta defined the objectives ahead: “There are many contracts to be reviewed and usually these are done in January and it will be like that at Inter as well.”
On the first page of Marotta’s agenda, there is the name of Mauro Icardi, written with beautiful big letters. The words launched by Wanda Nara, first on social media and then on TV, have somewhat annoyed Inter management but they do not change the fact that the club has been trying to lock Icardi up to a longer contract for some time.
Wanda is asking for a Higuain type wage (8 million a year) for her husband. As of today, Icardi earns 4.5 million fixed, rising to 5.3 with bonuses: the renewal offered arrived on Wanda’s table and it was never accepted – as confirmed by sporting director Piero Ausilio – as it was 6 million euros including bonuses.
Yes, as you can see, the massive difference is there but the mutual will to close with a new contract until 2023 is a guarantee. Without haste, however, as Marotta specified. The release clause is likely to be removed from the new contract, currently it is worth 110 million and is valid for foreign clubs: the former Juventus executive does not love it and Ausilio said that the goal is to remove it completely from the new agreement.
Yesterday, there was no further sign of annoyance coming from Maurito’s entourage. No pressure on Marotta and Ausilio who is managing the third renewal of the Argentinian and will continue to play a key role. Icardi family focused on the 8th birthday of Coki, the child of Wanda and Maxi Lopez. He called his friends Lautaro, Palacio and Lisandro Lopez to the party and enjoyed distributing slices of cakes to the little guests. Many miles for everyone, as happened on Tuesday at the club’s Christmas dinner, where Mauro and Wanda presented themselves with sparkles, but limited to only a cordial greeting with management.
Inter want to work in silence, away from the public, in total privacy. In January, there will be new meetings and the signature will come.