Premier League champions Chelsea have reportedly sent in a bid for Inter striker Mauro Icardi. The Argentinian striker has previously been linked with Real Madrid but it seems to be the English club who are the current the front runners.
The bid has been estimated at £55 million (according to AS), a fair amount less than the whopping £70 million the Blues spent on Alvaro Morata last summer. Morata hasn’t been a great success, only scoring 10 goals in 24 league appearances, which puts him in 11th place on the Premier League top scorers list this season, joint with Riyad Mahrez and Wayne Rooney.
Antonio Conte’s only other real option up front is Olivier Giroud, who was seen as a temporary replacement when signing for the Blues from fellow Londoners Arsenal in the January transfer window.
Icardi has been scoring goals for fun this season, with the record showing 22 goals in 24 league appearances, 12 more than Alvaro Morata. With this great form, Icardi has been handed the captain’s armband for the season, and is proving to be a big success so far. The Argentine signed for Inter in 2013 from fellow Serie A side Sampdoria after having a successful 2012/13 campaign at Stadio Luigi Ferraris. During his time at Inter, Icardi has (so far) scored 93 goals in 149 games.
As previously mentioned, Spanish giants Real Madrid were heavily linked with the 25-year-old as they have been looking for a replacement for Karim Benzema, but Chelsea are the ones to put the first bid in.
Despite these rumours and the large transfer fee that has been reported, Icardi has himself placed doubts on a potential move away from Inter Milan, stating that he sees himself playing for the club even when he is 30. Added to that, it has also been reported that Inter are unwilling to listen to any offers under £90 million, which would put off most clubs who were once interested.