- Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich picks up interest in Mauro Icardi
- The Blues are in search of a new striker in the January transfer window
- The 25-year-old Argentine has a £100million buy-clause in his contract
Premier League club Chelsea have stepped their pursuit for Inter Milan talisman Mauro Icardi as Roman Abramovich has picked up interest in the Argentine.
The Russian billionaire is taking charge of the Blues rebuilding program and is ready to spend a whopping £100million for the Serie A star.
Maurizio Sarri has never hidden his interest in landing a new striker with Spanish striker Alvaro Morata failing to impress this season.
According to Mirror, Icardi has become Chelsea's No.1 target despite having Bournemouth's Callum Wilson in their plans.
The Argentine international is currently in contract talks with the Nerazzurri as they look to extend his present deal at the San Siro.
The Italian giants are offering the 25-year-old new improved terms to wade off suitors as they are desperate to replace his buy-out clause.
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Icardi can leave the San Siro outside Italy if his £100million is met, this is according to an extension he signed in 2016.
Inter are scared of losing their top marksman to top European clubs, that is why they have hired Beppe Marotta who has been tasked to get Icardi's new deal over the line.
The club have reportedly made a €6million per year offer but his wife Wanda Nara who also stands as his agent has proposed an €8million yearly income.
Nara vented her frustrations with her husband's situation on Italian TV last month, saying "Inter's offer doesn't exist".
And the contract talks is unlikely to be resolved yet as Icardi is currently on the winter break in Argentina.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich could have acquired majority shares in Arsenal 16 years ago but he was warned off by ignorant Swiss bankers.
The Russian oligarch had tried to lure the Gunners talisman Thierry Henry to Stamford Bridge on several transfer windows but was unsuccessful.
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