Napoli began their hunt for a Higuain replacement after he stunned the city and said yes to a Juventus move. The partenopei directed their attention to Inter’s young captain Mauro Icardi to fill their striker void, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.
Parties from both Icardi’s and Napoli’s side were present in a meeting to discuss details in a possible move for the Argentine to go to Napoli. Aurelio De Laurentiis was present for Napoli, and Wanda Nara, the striker’s wife and agent, was present via telephone call.
The two sides will work on image rights between the player and team, with the terms right now being 50% rights to the player and 50% to the club. The meeting produced talks of a transfer clause, which could be set at around 90 million euros.
Napoli will offer Icardi a contract with a salary worth 5-5.5 million euros per year with bonuses still to be determined.
Now, Napoli will have to work with Inter to try to come to a deal, and Napoli is ready to make their first official offer for the striker. Napoli will offer the nerazzurri 40-42 million euros for Icardi, but it seems like the amount is too low and will inevitably rise.
Reports say that an offer will have to reach up to €55-60 million in order for Inter to accept and send away their star player. In the past, Inter claimed that Icardi was untouchable, so it’s a possibility that he ends up staying put in Milan.
Napoli search for a replacement quickly after the hammer was dealt by Higuain and Juventus. The azzurri still have Manolo Gabbiadini who may serve well as striker, but they want to land a big player and it looks like their focus is on Mauro Icardi for a post Higuain Napoli.