According to the latest reports from Italian newspaper La Repubblica, Mauro Icardi has reacted with anger and frustration towards Inter’s decision to marginalise him from their pre-season tour of Asia. Indeed, the former Nerazzurri captain is said to have proclaimed: “I won’t move. I’ll stay here for two years and take my salary.”

So, it seems the Argentine remains determined to make life as difficult as possible for his employers as they do everything possible to sell him abroad, though his most likely destination appears to be bitter rivals Juventus.

While the official line from the club is that Icardi was sent home due to fitness issues, it is clear the reasons for his dismissal are far more deep-rooted and can be traced back to last season when he effectively went on strike for six weeks.

In the meantime, the Bianconeri must offload one or two strikers before they can proceed with making a concrete bid for Icardi, something which could take some time yet. Indeed, despite the denials from Aurelio De Laurentiis, Napoli are also very much in the race to sign the ex-Sampdoria star.