Mauro Icardi STRIPPED of Inter Milan captaincy amid talks over new deal and Chelsea transfer interest


MAURO ICARDI has been stripped of the Inter Milan captaincy amid Chelsea’s interest in signing him – and his talks over a new deal in Italy.

Icardi’s wife and agent Wanda said last month that Inter were yet to offer the striker a new contract.

Mauro Icardi has been stripped of the Inter Milan captaincy

And now Inter have confirmed that the Argentina forward has lost the armband to goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.

Reports claimed San Siro chiefs were stalling on Icardi’s £170,000-a-week wage demands.

And Wanda said the club are no closer to tying him down to a contract beyond his current deal, which expires in 2021.

Chelsea made their interest known during the past transfer window as they looked for a replacement for Alvaro Morata, who left for Atletico Madrid on an 18-month loan deal.

Goalkeeper Samir Handanovic has been given the armband

And though Icardi’s future remains up in the air, Inter fans seem pleased that the captaincy has gone to the experienced keeper.

One wrote: “Great decision. Finally someone saw something wrong with assigning Icardi to be our captain while he can’t captain his wife.”

Another said: “Great decision, no more s*** drama from our captain.”

A fellow user posted: “Icardi leaving?”

Icardi will no longer skipper the Serie A side
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One comment read: “Transfer confirmed.”

And another user asked: “Does it mean Icardi will leave?”


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