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Chelsea ready to splash the cash on Inter Milan star Mauro Icardi

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Chelsea are ready to pay Mauro Icardi’s £96 million release clause to secure his services from Inter Milan.

Icardi was the joint top scorer alongside Ciro Immobile in Serie A this season with 29 goals for Inter.

According to Corriere dello Sport, the 25-year-old is a target of Maurizio Sarri, if he replaces Antonio Conte as manager of Chelsea.

A player-plus-cash deal with Juventus has also been rumoured, with former Inter chairman Massimo Moratti claiming that an agreement could be reached that would see Gonzalo Higuain join the Nerazzurri.

However, Moratti admitted that Chelsea could take advantage of the release clause in Icardi’s contract.

“If they want to take it away, they’ll take it away,” he said.

Icardi started his career in the youth system at Barcelona before moving to Sampdoria, where he began his professional career.

He joined Inter in 2013, and during the 2014/15 season he was the joint winner of the top scorer award in Serie A.

Icardi made his senior international debut for Argentina in October 2013.

However, he has been left his country’s squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia, with manager Jorge Sampaoli choosing Higuain and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero ahead of the Inter star.

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