In their search for a title-winning goal scorer from the top 5 leagues in the world, Arsenal have made an inquiry about the availability of Inter Milan captain and forward Mauro Icardi.
This is according to a report by 90min, which claims that in an interview that occurred in the Evening Standard, Icardi’s agent and wife Wanda Nara, claimed that Arsenal are one of the clubs that have tried to make an approach for the player.
Apart from Arsenal, their arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur, Juventus and Napoli are also reportedly interested in the striker.
In this interview with the Evening standard, she was quoted saying:
“I’ve asked for a renewal because the club had promised me a renewal. Last year we accepted their conditions, which mean a lower salary, the sale of the 50% of Mauro’s economic rights and there is no release clause on his contract. They have to keep their promises.”
“There are many offers, but I do not negotiate with other clubs. I only talk about Mauro’s contract, that’s my role, not doing negotiations. Atletico Madrid, Tottenham and Arsenal have made contact. Napoli and Roma are also interested now.”
There is also evidence to suggest that Icardi is interested in staying at the San Siro, but if the issues surrounding his contract are not resolved by Inter, he could be on the move.
Icardi is a prolific goal scorer who has scored 38 goals in 69 games in all competitions for the Italian side. He is also an intelligent player with the ability to create, lead and organize the offensive displays of his team; qualities that have earned him the captain’s arm band at Inter.
Icardi is capable of playing an apt role as a finisher in the final third. He is capable of receiving the ball through the middle and opening up spaces in tight areas, something that Arsenal have lacked in many games, where the North London side are left circulating the ball on the boundary of the 18 yard box.
Clearly, Nara’s admission over disagreements with the Italian club are indicative of one thing alone: Icardi could be on the move in the summer.
The Argentine is available for a fee lower than that of other strikers Arsenal have been linked with, such as Gonzalo Higuain or for that matter Romelu Lukaku, Alvaro Morata and Alexandre Lacazette. A player of his calibre available in an exponentially inflated market for a price much lower than all the others mentioned above only sounds like a decent opportunity.
It is easy for one to acknowledge the difficulty in finding the “right” players in the transfer market. Yes, Icardi is no Suarez, but he could most definitely compliment/ play ahead of Olivier Giroud, something the Gunners have lacked in the last few seasons.