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Chelsea ready to splash £96million on Mauro Icardi if Maurizio Sarri takes over, according to reports

Brilliant 25-year-old has scored 53 goals in his last two Serie A seasons but been axed by Argentina for the World Cup

Chelsea will make Mauro Icardi their No1 target if they land Maurizio Sarri as head coach, according to reports in Italy.

The brilliant Argentinean striker has a £96 million release clause for clubs outside of Italy.

Inter Milan star Mauro Icardi has also suffered World Cup heartbreak after being axed from the squad

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Inter Milan star Mauro Icardi has suffered World Cup heartbreak after being axed from the squad

And that looks like a bargain for a 25-year-old forward who has scored 53 goals in his last two Serie A seasons.

Corriere dello Sport claim, if the Blues pay the £7m release clause for Sarri, the Italian will launch a move for his favourite striker.

While boss at Napoli – before leaving at the end of May – Sarri tried to land Icardi but could never quite afford the master finisher but that will not be a problem at Stamford Bridge.

Even with his current visa issues, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is like to invest heavily after his side fell well short in the Premier League last season – and salvaged their season with the FA Cup.

Mauro Icard’s move to Chelsea in front-page news in Italy

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Mauro Icard’s move to Chelsea in front-page news in Italy

Maurizio Sarri has been after Icardri for a long time

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Maurizio Sarri has been after Icardri for a long time

Mauro Icardi has a release clause worth £97million at Inter Milan

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Mauro Icardi has a release clause worth £96million at Inter Milan

Mauro Icardi has a release clause worth £97million at Inter Milan

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Inter Milan star Mauro Icardi has a release clause worth £97million if bought by a club outside of Italy

Incredibly, Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli has axed the brilliant marksman from his World Cup squad – with stars like Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain preferred – but that means he will be fresh for the start of next season.


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On the final day of the Italian season, Icardi netted a crucial penalty to take his league tally to 29 and send Inter Milan to the Champions League.


Mauro Icardi with his wife-agent Wanda Nara, who claims he is a wanted man

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Mauro Icardi with his wife-agent Wanda Nara, who claims he is a wanted man

Wanda with Icardi at the Inter Milan Christmas party

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Wanda with Icardi at the Inter Milan Christmas party

And that could be the perfect parting gift if the Inter captain looks for a fresh challenge and the chance to finally link up with Sarri.

Icardi’s beautiful Wanda – also his controversial agent – will play a key role in negotiating any possible move.

The blonde bombshell ditched the Argentine’s former team-mate and close friend Maxi Lopez in order to start a fling with him in 2013.

When she’s not securing her husband’s latest contract, she is earning herself big bucks from modelling shoots.

She is not afraid to get her kit off and she has previously posed naked.

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