After being stripped of the Inter captaincy and left to watch on from the stands against his former side Sampdoria on Sunday, it looks likely Icardi will leave the San Siro this summer. But how much is he really worth?
Despite all the press around Icardi’s ability, he remains relatively unproven at the highest level. At the age of 25, Mauro Icardi only made his Champions League debut this season and has accumulated just 8 appearances for the Argentinian national side. He wasn’t even selected in the 23-man squad for the 2018 Russian World Cup. For a player who has won the Capocannoniere three times in six Serie A seasons, greater things would be expected.
It shouldn’t be forgotten that Icardi was almost stripped of the Inter captaincy in 2016 after comments he made in his autobiography ‘Sempre Avanti’. Since then, Icardi’s relationship with the Curva Nord (Inter’s ultras) has remained fractious amid repeated speculation about his future. Juventus, Napoli, Real Madrid and unnamed Chinese clubs have all reportedly shown interest in the Argentine’s services since this incident.
Due to making just 8 appearances for his national side, our calculations value Icardi at just £11.01m. However, if the rumours are to be believed, his repeated snubs from the Argentinian squad aren’t solely down to the competition provided by Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala. Icardi’s relationship with his former teammate Maxi Lopez has been well publicised and brought a huge amount of criticism regarding the player’s attitude from his homeland, with the one and only Diego Maradona being one of his most vocal critics.
At the age of 25, Icardi should be matured and entering his peak, yet reported attitude problems still plague his career. With Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United all rumoured to still be interested in the player’s services, it is likely only a huge fee will convince the Nerazzurri to allow him to leave the club. Icardi’s calculated value is now unlikely to increase significantly and therefore, Inter should look to strike while the iron is hot and move the Argentine out of the club whilst interest remains.
With Icardi’s respectively low valuation, any purchasing club would be taking a huge gamble on the Argentine. With limited international experience and no experience in the Champions League knockout stages, Icardi remains unproven outside of Italy. Combine this with his reported attitude problems and this is not a purchase that would ever be recommended.