Transfer Shorts

Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi has told Corriere dello Sport he wants to stay with the ‘Nerazzurri’, following reports linking him with a move to Arsenal.

Various reports emerged on Tuesday pointing towards a meeting between the player’s representatives and the Gunners being held this Wednesday.

Icardi’s agent and wife, Wanda Nara, appeared to have confirmed those reports when a tweet sent out on Wednesday afternoon revealed her current location, which read ‘London’.

However, the Inter Milan captain has now contradicted the mood by expressing his intentions to stay with the club in an exclusive interview with Corriere dello Sport.

“I am staying at Inter,” the Argentine said in Thursday’s edition of the paper. “We have to beat Juventus [to the Serie A title], we must believe that.”

Icardi’s agent is widely reported to be demanding better contractual terms for her client, subsequently igniting rumoured interest from Arsenal and Napoli in the event that the player could earn a wage hike elsewhere.

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Napoli frontman Gonzalo Higuain would be open to a move to Arsenal or Paris Saint-Germain, Gazzetta dello Sport claims.

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With Juventus disengaging from the race to sign the 2015/16 Serie A top goalscorer, at least momentarily, Arsenal’s chances of landing Higuain have improved, despite the striker’s £78 million price tag (release clause) standing strong.

There’s even the suggestion that should Higuain leave Napoli, the club will look at a potential move to Arsenal far more favourably than strengthening a domestic rival.

In quotes presented by Reuters, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis appeared prepared for the eventuality of Higuain’s departure, stating that he wasn’t “bothered” about the Partenopei’s well-being without their star striker.

“Napoli finished second [in 2012/13] without him,” De Laurentiis said. “We started in the third division and I’m proud of our club. I’m certain we will continue to do well.”

Thus far, a €60 million bid, plus two-to-three players from Atlético Madrid stands as the only offer to have been received by the Serie A club, as per the Napoli president.

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AS Roma and Arsenal are believed to have held talks over a potential return to the Italian capital for Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny, Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio reports.

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Szczęsny lost his place in the Arsenal first team in 2015, falling further down the pecking order following Petr Čech’s arrival from Chelsea last summer, before being loaned out to Roma for the entirety of the 2015/16 season.

After securing a spot ahead of Morgan De Sanctis, appearing 42 times for Roma in the process, the Giallorossi have reignited their interest in bringing Szczęsny back to the Serie A.

Rumoured to be discussed between the two clubs was a second loan move for the Poland international; firstly, a fee-free switch with Roma paying 100% of Szczęsny’s salary, or alternatively, Arsenal continues to pay the goalkeeper’s wages but will receive monthly fees throughout the new season.

Whether or not a future fee for a permanent transfer is to be included wasn’t specified, meanwhile Roma are also reportedly interested in Paris Saint-Germain’s number two, Salvatore Sirigu.

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Patrick Ribeiro

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