Juventus offer Inter Higuain plus €50m for Mauro Icardi

Serie A champions Juventus have made a massive offer of Gonzalo Higuain plus €50m for Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi who has a release clause of €110m.

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Gonzalo Higuain looks set to leave Juventus this summer with a possible swap deal with Inter Milan for Mauro Icardi

Italian media outlet Corriere della Sera is reporting that Juve are looking to offload top-scorer Gonzalo Higuain and replace him with the younger Mauro Icardi.

Icardi who finished joint top scorer in Serie A with 29 goals this season is valued at €110m by Inter who inserted the figure in when he signed his last contract. Juventus who value Higuain at €60m hopes the offer will activate Icardi’s release clause and hope to start negotiations for the Argentine asap.

However, some reports state that the release clause of €110m is only available to foreign clubs, with Inter hoping for money from any club inside Italy. It is hoped the clause in the contract will deter any side in Serie A from making a bid that would allow Icardi to play against them in the future and strengthen a rival.

The bid has not yet been rejected or accepted by Inter which Juve see as a good sign as the Milan club are seriously considering the offer. Apart from bagging €50m, the club will also gain a top-class striker to replace their starman Icardi.

Despite having his best season in the Italian top-flight, Icardi has been left out of Argentina’s 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russia next month. Jorge Sampaoli overlooked the striker and has instead picked Higuain, Aguero and Dybala ahead of him.

Icardi has also been linked with Real Madrid in the past with the striker close to agreeing a deal on deadline day in January to join Los Blancos at the Bernabeu. It is not sure whether Real will be coming back in with a renewed offer for the prolific striker.