Arsenal are set to hold talks in London with representatives of Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, according to Metro. The Argentinian international, 23, is considered to be among Europe’s top forwards and could provide the extra firepower up front the Gunners so clearly need.
Inter are unlikely to let club captain Icardi go without a fight. But after forty-three goals in two seasons, the Argentinian international is reportedly growing frustrated within Roberto Mancini’s side. That leaves Arsenal poised to swoop with an offer that could be worth as much as £46m, says ESPNFC. But there is speculation that the meeting between the Gunners and the striker’s agent, first reported by Gianluca Di Marzio, is little more than a ploy to extract better terms on a new contract at Inter.
Mancini, meanwhile, has remained tight-lipped on the rumours surrounding Icardi’s future. The Independent reports the Italian recently telling journalists, “I do not read newspapers, I do not listen to the radio, I do not watch private channels… just some porn.”
Icardi, a product of the Barcelona youth academy, has impressed during his years in Serie A with a combination of skillful link-up play and assured finishing in front of goal. His conversion rate is comparable to that of some of Europe’s biggest-name strikers. In other words, if Arsenal’s midfield is able to provide the service he needs, the goals could flow freely. That would take the pressure off of our other frontmen, in particular Olivier Giroud. Though the Frenchman has time and time again proven his quality, he has not always produced in the big games when it matters most and for consistent periods of the season.
Icardi is just one of a number of frontmen being targeted by The Gunners this summer. But with Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain and Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata so far proving out of reach, the Inter Milan man could quickly become the number one prospect. With Leicester’s Jamie Vardy having rejected a move to North London, fans are likely already wondering if this will be another transfer window where Arsenal fail to sign a top-class striker.