Inter hoping to lock down Mauro Icardi with new contract

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The Milan clubs are looking to slowly build their way back up the Serie A table by strengthening from within, and it’s possible Inter could be on the verge of securing a huge boost in doing so.

16-goal striker Mauro Icardi has unsurprisingly been the subject of plenty of transfer rumors away from the San Siro after finding himself just a goal off the league’s top scorer Carlos Tevez, but reports have surfaced saying Inter are tabling a new contract for the 22-year-old and signs look promising.

According to Italian publication TuttoMercato, Icardi is looking at an improved offer of $2.6 million per year plus a signing bonus, which is a relatively tame offer for such a prolific young player. The offer apparently also includes 100% of image rights, a solid addition. Icardi’s current deal runs through 2018, but this is all about salary, not length.

The reports say Inter owner Erick Thorir held private talks with Icardi, a good sign for a potential extension. The Italian side needs to make a statement by keeping Icardi, who has been rumors to be piquing the interest of several Premier League clubs, with Chelsea reportedly sending scouts to watch him through much of 2015. With Roberto Mancini in charge of a summer rebuild, keeping Icardi has to be priority number one if they want to put the pieces of the last few years back together.

Inter has limped down the stretch, with a run of five straight matches without a win coming to an end this past weekend at Hellas Verona, sticking them barely back in the top 10. Icardi scored the opener in that match, his 16th goal of the season.