Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi could bring magic to Chelsea
Italian giants Inter Milan, 14/1 to win the Europa League, are supposedly set to offer Nerazzurri legend Jose Mourinho the chance to take leading man Mauro Icardi to Stamford Bridge.
Returning hero Roberto Mancini needs funds to rebuild the Serie A side but, with Inter’s finances reportedly under investigation by UEFA, they may need to sell before they can buy.
The Nerazzurri are believed to fear a transfer ban, and could consequently sanction Argentina-cap Icardi’s sale. Still just 21, the striking sensation has racked up 12 goals in all competitions this term and should fetch Inter a sizeable fee.
Exciting prospect Icardi spent a portion of his youth career with Barcelona but was not expected to make the grade, a decision which may yet come back to haunt the Nou Camp club.
The former Sampdoria star is strong with quick feet, meaning the young talent is more than capable of twisting defenders inside out and crafting his own chances, but his fiery forward bursts would not fit the carefully considered Catalan style.
Icardi’s power, precision, speed and acceleration all combine to make him lethal on the counter, and just the type of attacker Mourinho would enjoy moulding.
Liverpool are also apparently keen on snapping up the Nerazzurri’s leading scorer, but the Blues are believed to have the edge due to Mourinho’s continued strong ties with the San Siro side.
With 21 goals in 43 appearances for Inter, Icardi appears to be tipped for the top but, whilst there is an obvious opening for a striker with his skillset at Anfield, where would the youngster slot in at Stamford Bridge?
Chelsea already have a terrific trio of fearsome forwards at their disposal, with Spain superstar Diego Costa pulling up trees in the Premier League.
As the Blues are unlikely to regularly start with two up top, it would be up to Icardi to challenge the ex-Atletico attacker to lead the line, meaning young-guns Patrick Bamford and Dominic Solanke may have to seek pastures new, at least temporarily.
With Didier Drogba supposedly set to take a backroom role and Loic Remy able to operate in numerous attacking positions, there could be space for another forward threat.
With other top clubs circling and Inter apparently open to offloading their star player, the time could be right for Chelsea, 11/2 to win the Champions League, to pounce for the prolific frontman.