Chelsea target Mauro Icardi's wife-agent Wanda Nara insists 'big clubs' are ready to pay Inter Milan striker's release clause

The Argentine striker finished the campaign as joint-top goal scorer in Serie A with 29 — meaning he has hit more than 20 in three of the past four seasons.

Icardi, 25, has remained loyal to Inter Milan and Sunday's dramatic 3-2 win over Lazio means he has the chance to play Champions League football for the first time.

After the match he appeared to commit his future to the club, but Nara reveals there are clubs ready to meet his £97million release clause — with Chelsea reportedly interested.

She told Radio Metro: "There are some big clubs ready to pay the release clause, which is very high.

"But considering the figures that are circulating in football right now and the kind of player Mauro is, it’s not even that remarkable.

"The release clause is set at €110m (£97m), but is limited to only a few weeks in June."

Icardi has not always been a favourite with Inter supporters, having publicly fallen out with them two seasons ago following comments in his book.

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However, he has won them over with his spectacular displays in recent seasons.

Despite his stellar performances, he was sensationally left out of Jorge Sampaoli's 23-man Argentina squad for the World Cup.

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