Spalletti: Inter captain Icardi needs higher release clause

Luciano Spalletti is determined to offer fresh terms to star Inter forward Mauro Icardi.

Inter captain Mauro Icardi signed a new contract until 2021 in October, with a buyout clause worth around €110million reportedly included, which coach Spalletti wants to be increased.   -  Getty Images

Inter head coach Luciano Spalletti wants a higher release clause for captain and talisman Mauro Icardi in an effort to fend off potential suitors.

Argentina international Icardi signed a new contract until 2021 in October, with a buyout clause worth around €110million reportedly included.

The 24-year-old already has five goals to his name in three Serie matches this season, having netted 24 last term and Spalletti is determined to offer fresh terms to his star forward amid links with Arsenal.

"Icardi should be given the highest clause possible," Spalletti said. "He's at the level of Isco [whose new Real Madrid contract has a €700m release clause] and all the top players."

Icardi scored in the 2-0 win over SPAL last time out as undefeated Inter travels to lowly Crotone on Saturday.

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