Date: 12th February 2018 at 5:00am
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Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio has revealed the Italian club have yet to open contract talks with star striker Mauro Icardi.

Both Real Madrid and Chelsea have been linked with bids for the player in recent weeks. The Argentinian international reportedly has a buyout clause of €110m (£97.5m), which the Nerazzurri were looking to increase.

However, when he was asked about the 24 year old’s future by Mediaset Premium (translated by Football-Italia.net), Ausilio said:

“When the time comes to discuss his contract renewal, we won’t hold back. There is no precise date, we have no need to force the situation over the next few months.”

With Antonio Conte revealing that Alvaro Morata could be a long term absentee with a back injury, leaving Olivier Giroud as the club’s only other senior forward, the Blues will likely look to strengthen their forward line in the summer.

Icardi has scored 18 goals in 22 league appearance this season, and would no doubt be on the club’s watch list.

Whether they would be able to beat Real Madrid to his signature, it remains to be seen. Reports have suggested that the La Liga giants could be targeting Tottenham’s Harry Kane instead, which would be good news for Chelsea.