For his part, Inter's sporting director, the former Juventus executive Guiseppe Marotta, is optimistic about reaching an agreement with the player, and is set to commence talks in person next week, after a tempestuous festive period of public outbusts and leaks from the player's camp.
"I won't deny that we can reach an agreement, but right now we're very far apart".
"It's not logical for Mauro to renew on the same salary that he receives now".
"We believe Mauro is worth more than that".
"Icardi is our captain and we'll talk about his contract, but there aren't any problems between us and we won't be influenced by what the newspapers say".
Gazzetta dello Sport then reported on Thursday that Icardi could change his agent, something the Argentine did not take kindly to. "For this reason, it'll always be Wanda Icardi who takes care of my and our interests until the end of my career".