Off contract in June and not Cup-tied from the Champions League, Alexis would be a cheaper deal than Icardi. And for coach Zinedine Zidane, the Frenchman favours Alexis due to his versatility. Unlike Icardi, Alexis can play anywhere across the front three.
At Inter, Icardi is rated in the €90-100m class. However, inside the Real boardroom there is a confidence Arsenal will be prepared to sell Alexis for less than €30m.