during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale Milano and Empoli FC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 7, 2016 in Milan, Italy.

Liverpool hatch secret plan to lure 22-goal Serie A favourite; Man Utd told target will cost £105m

LIVERPOOL PLOTTING MOVE TO SIGN MAURO ICARDI

Liverpool are emerging as shock contenders to sign Inter Milan star Mauro Icardi, according to reports in Italy.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Icardi’s latest contract demands are likely to force Inter into selling the 22-goal Argentinian this summer.

The pink journal writes that the 25-year-old, whose current deal runs until 2021, is willing to put pen to paper on an improved deal – but only if the Nerazzurri are willing to pay him a staggering €9million-a-season.

That equates to £150,000 a season – and while in the modern market may not seem much for the top players – Inter trying to balance their Financial Fair Play obligations, meaning a salary hike of those proportions look to be beyond them.

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As such, it’s suggested Icardi’s wife and agent – the often-controversial Wanda Nara – has been in negotiations with a series of suitors who would be willing to meet what she feels her husband is worth.

Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United have been touted as suitors, but it’s believed their priorities lie elsewhere, and reports in Italy now suggest it is Liverpool who are leading the race for his signature.

Liverpool are still searching for a replacement for Philippe Coutinho this summer and while a different player, it’s claimed Jurgen Klopp would find room for him in his side.

And his £150,000 a week demands would not prove prohibitive either, given that was the money Coutinho was on prior to his move to Barcelona in January.

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There’s no word on a fee for Icardi, though a report on Wednesday suggested

during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale Milano and Empoli FC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 7, 2016 in Milan, Italy.

However, the former Sampdoria man is more likely to leave for at least £80million.

Icardi has struck 22 times for Inter this season and has 100 altogether from his spell at the San Siro.

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