Atletico Madrid not in Mauro Icardi running

Atletico Madrid do not view the signing of Inter striker Mauro Icardi as a realistic possibility this summer, according to reports.

The 25-year-old is one of Europe’s elite goal scorers and has 16 goals for the campaign despite falling out of favour with the club’s hierarchy amid uncertainty surrounding his future.

FCInterNews, Tuttomercatoweb and Sky Sport Italia all report that while Atleti were previously interested in a deal, there is little prospect of one happening this summer.

Napoli, Juventus, Manchester United and Real Madrid have all been linked with the Argentine hitman who has a reported €110m release clause in his contract.

Diario AS had reported on interest from Los Rojiblancos, which was said to be fueled by the possibility that Diego Costa and/or Antoine Griezmann could leave this summer.

The report claimed that Costa is likely to be sold this summer should a lucrative offer come in for the striker – who has struggled for form and fitness over the past 12 months – from the Chinese Super League.

The striker was stripped of the Nerazzurri captaincy earlier this year and did not featured in the first team for six weeks, before being restored to action this month.

Icardi previously was in the youth ranks of Barcelona when he moved to Italy, where he played for Sampdoria between 2011 and 2013, before joining Inter.

Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne and Eintracht Frankfurt’s Luka Jovic have also been linked to Atleti.

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