​Tottenham are said to be considering a club record bid for Inter’s Mauro Icardi, trying to swoop in ahead of fierce rivals Arsenal with an early move for the striker as they look to beef up their squad for their first Champions League campaign since 2010/11. 

Italian transfer specialist Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed, on his website, that Spurs are getting ready to table a huge bid in the region of £38m for the 23-year-old after meeting with his agents recently, with Atletico Madrid also said to be interested. 

Icardi hit 16 goals in Serie A for the Italian giants last season, with manager Roberto Mancini far from keen on the prospect of letting him go as he looks to build his team towards a challenge for a Champions League qualification place next season, and having missed out on the top three in the league for each of the past five seasons. 

Spurs are keen to add to their attacking ranks, with Harry Kane still the only out-and-out striker in their senior squad, despite a push to bring in support for the England star over the course of last summer – with attacking midfielder Son Heung-min added to their forward line. 

Both Arsenal and West Ham have been said to be interested in the Argentine this summer, but a massive bid from Spurs could put both of them off formalising their interest if Inter demand that they match the North London club’s offer. 

Inter were recently subject to a takeover, with money expected to be pumped into the club’s coffers, and it’s said that club officials are waiting to see exact how much cash Spurs put on the table before discussing the potential move with their new owners. 

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