Icardi only signed a contract extension with Inter Milan last summer, but wasn’t given a pay rise.

, despite only signing Vincent Janssen from AZ Alkmaar yesterday.

Icardi’s wife, Nara, who also acts as his agent, admitted contact had been held between her husband and Atletico, but she also claimed the striker stayed at Inter last year even though they weren’t competing in the Champions League.

“For Mauro, Inter comes first and the rest comes later. I work for what is best for my husband,” she said.

”Mauro has a wonderful rapport with the club, with Roberto Mancini and the fans. He is a real captain.

“The truth is that Mauro turned down the opportunity to play in the Champions League with another club because he loves Inter so much. 

“I spoke to Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid before the renewal last year, but he decided to continue with Mancini.

“Mauro really was in the market and we turned down many clubs. In fact, Juventus and Napoli were also interested in Mauro.

“I know that Inter met with Atletico Madrid last week to discuss Mauro.”