Arsenal Boosted in Mauro Icardi Pursuit After Public Fall Out With Inter Supporters

Published on: 16 October 2016

Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi could be on his way out of the club afterfans called for him to be stripped of the captaincyfollowing claims made in his book.

The incident relates to a 3-1 Serie A defeat at Sassuolo last season when Icardi had his shirt thrown back at him by supporters, leading to a confrontation between the two.The Sunhave reported that the controversy surrounding the player could lead to a potential move to Arsenal, who were linked with him in the summer transfer window.

Arsenal's planned £40m January deal for Mauro Icardi has moved a lot closer

Things escalated at Inter after the unveiling of a new bannerapparently placed near Icardi's Milan home that reads: We're here. When your Argentine friends arrive, will you warn us or do it like a coward?�, referring to the striker's boast that he had 100 criminals from Argentina� watching his back.

Icardi is the joint top scorer in Serie A this season with six goals,but anylinks with the Gunners were set back when he recentlysigned a new contract with the Nerazzurri.

However, with hisrelationship with the majority of Inter fans seemingly permanently tarnished, it seems a move could be possible in January.

The 23-year old was also publicly criticised by Inter stalwart Javier Zanetti and is expected to bereplaced as captain by Samir Handanovic.

Arsene Wenger is a known admirer of the Argentine No 9, having reportedly offered €30m plus Olivier Giroud in the summer, but that figure is not likely to be enough should he make another attempt to get his man.