Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly ended their hopes of agreeing a permanent transfer for Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi, placing a number of Premier League sides on red alert.
Icardi is currently on loan at PSG until the end of the season and the French champions did have an option to make the move permanent at the end of the season for €70m (£61m).
However, Italian transfer expert Nicolo Schira is reporting that Icardi and his wife and agent Wanda Nara have no intention of staying in France and PSG have pulled out of negotiations as a result.
The latest development in the transfer saga will interest a number of Premier League clubs who have been in for the Argentine striker in the past.
Mauro Icardi has informed PSG he has no intention of joining them permanently at the end of the season
Given the success of Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez at Inter so far this season, it appears as though Icardi does not have a future back at his parent club.
The likes of Chelsea and Manchester United have been linked with the 27-year-old in the past and are both likely to be in the market for attacking recruits in the summer.
Despite interest from the Premier League, Icardi and Nara are thought to prefer a return to Italy.
Icardi with his wife and agent Wanda Nara
A number of Serie A clubs have also been linked with Icardi, including Juventus and Napoli, but Napoli’s sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli recently ruled out a move for the striker.
“Everybody would want Icardi, but he is far beyond our financial reach”, he told Sky Sport 24. “[Sassuolo’s Jeremie] Boga is an interesting player but so far we haven’t made a move for him.”
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Juventus have been repeatedly mooted as a potential destination but it would appear unlikely that Inter would sanction a deal to strengthen their biggest title rivals.