Antonio Conte just will not learn from my mistakes. Two summers ago he famously texted striker Diego Costa that he had no future at the club, a decision that cost Chelsea tens of millions of pounds in lost wages and transfer fees.
According to La Repubblica, Conte has just taken the same approach with Mauro Icardi, telling the former Inter striker that his future is away from the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium.
In a call last week between Conte and Icardi’s agent, Wanda Nara told the new Inter boss of Mauro’s desire to remain at the club and that he considers the former Chelsea manager an excellent coach.
For his part, Antonio Conte reiterated to Wanda he will not focus on the striker next season, a sign that he should look for another club.
The problem for Conte and Inter is that last season’s internal dispute between Icardi and the club knocked €20m of his valuation, according to transfermarkt.com. They now value Icardi at €80m, down from a high of €120m in the winter.
With everyone in football knowing that Icardi is on the market, and that Conte does not want him, then I expect the price for the striker to drop into the €70m range, which in today’s overinflated market is a steal for someone.