Chelsea held negotiations with €60m-rated Argentina international

Inter Milan have turned down an offer of £54m from PSG for Mauro Icardi, leaving the London giants in the battle to sign the centre-forward. Argentina international is currently on loan at Paris from Nerazzurri and PSG want to keep hold of him after scoring 12 goals in 20 games and netting 20 times in total during his short stint with the club.

Serie A giants are open to selling Mauro but are holding out for an enormous asking price of £63m and are unwilling to budge. Parisians offer was £45m upfront and £9m in instalments based on Icardi’s future displays, but the Italian club were not interested, with the centre-forward under deal until 2022.

Blues are looking to add to their squad this summer, with the English boss keen to expand his attacking options and a move for the 27-year-old striker has been mooted. Inter rejecting PSG’s advances keeps their hopes of signing him alive, but whether they are willing to splash over £60m on the striker in the current economic climate is yet to be seen.

The Argentine centre-forward has an impressive goal-scoring record at Inter Milan, netting 111 times in 181 matches for the Nerazzurri and was named captain in 2015 at only 22-years-old.

However, Antonio Conte made it very clear he did not see Mauro as the main man when he arrived as Inter boss, as he signed Romelu Lukaku and handed the new signing Icardi’s number 8 shirt. Mauro has also been linked with moves to Man United and Arsenal in the past, but neither are likely to reignite their interest in him this summer.