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Real Madrid decide to sign Mauro Icardi in £97m deal – report in Italy
- Updated: January 16, 2018
REAL MADRID will trigger Mauro Icardi's £97million release clause as soon as the season ends.
Real Madrid have struggled for goals this season, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale all labouring at the Bernabeu.
The club need a shake-up and president Florentino Perez is working on new deals.
And fresh reports in Italy claim Icardi is top of Perez’s wish list.
Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport claim Real are planning to trigger Icardi’s release clause as soon as it becomes active.
The clause in Icardi’s contract will start when the summer transfer window opens and is set at £97m (€110m).
Inter Milan would likely demand much of that fee up front as they battle to keep Icardi.
But Real have the financial strength to effectively sign whoever they want.
Icardi has been on top form for Inter this season, scoring 18 goals.
He is peaking at just the right time, with the World Cup around the corner.
A successful outing for Argentina at Russia 2018 would likely see Icardi’s value skyrocket.
And that could mean Real are in for a bargain.
Corriere dello Sport add that Real will not be moving for Icardi this month.
That is despite their lack of effective firepower up front.
It appears increasingly likely that Real will not challenge for the La Liga title this season, while they face a tricky Champions League last-16 clash with PSG.
Manager Zinedine Zidane led Real to the Club World Cup title last month but his job is already under threat.
But Perez remains the driver of all transfer activity at Real, with a final decision on Icardi set to be made by the president rather than the manager.