This past January Monaco’s interest in Mauro Icardi was widely reported across all sections of the media. Mercato expert Gianluca Di Marzio even stated that an official bid had been made for the 21 year old Argentinian international. Earlier today what had been rumoured for at least a week became reality when Erick Thohir revealed Atletico Madrid’s interest in acquiring both Icardi and goalkeeper Samir Handanovic. As the Nerazzurri president states Inter want to keep the player for now and we must therefore assume that the amount offered was not deemed acceptable to Inter’s management. Meanwhile in Monaco there are strong rumours that Colombian international Radamel Falcao is about to depart & complete his dream move to Real Madrid. If this deal materialises it makes perfect sense that the ambitious Ligue 1 side will once again have Icardi in their sights.
After recently being reprimanded by UEFA regarding the FFP guidelines, purchasing Mauro Icardi would enable Monaco to lower their overall wage bill whilst still having enough to reward James Rodriguez for his stunning World Cup performances with Colombia. The wages saved on Falcao’s departure coupled with the transfer fee that they could expect to receive would be more than enough to help them stay within the new financial fair play guidelines. This would be the case even with the large fee it will take to acquire the Inter forward. From Inter’s perspective another potential buyer is always good news, far too often have the club been forced into a corner when attempting to sell their star players (Wesley Sneijder comes to mind). Potentially this deal could be the best possible scenario for Inter and it is entirely plausible that Erick Thohir and Piero Ausilio are simply biding their time whilst waiting to see if Monaco’s interest materialises.