Inter Milan of Italy yesterday opened the window for a move for Icardi after their president Erick Thohir disclosed he is willing to listen to offers for the 23-year-old striker if they match his £50m asking price.
However, the Indonesian businessman would like to keep Icardi, who has scored of 52 goals in all competitions, since joining from Sampdoria in 2013.
He said: “All of us and Inter are hoping that figure goes above 60million euros.
“Inter will be here for hundreds of years but it is made of individuals who change each year.”
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had a £29.3million offer for Lyon’s Lacazette turned down last week and could make another upgraded bid for the £42m-rated Frenchman.
But if he decides not to pursue that course of action, then a move for Icardi is now possible.
Wenger failed in his bid to get Leicester’s Jamie Vardy to The Emirates earlier this summer and with Lyon offering Lacazette a new deal, his frustration over his inability to sign a good forward as he had planned has deepened.
Wenger had better act fast because after the departure of Higuian to Juventus, rumours are rife that Napoli are targeting Icardi as replacement.