With a league-leading 20 Serie A goals so far this term, newly-minted Italy international Ciro Immobile – who currently plays for Torino – is fast becoming one of his country’s hottest prospects, prompting speculation that Borussia Dortmund will move for the Neapolitan this summer.
Immobile made his Azzurri debut in the 1-0 loss to Spain recently and has a fighting chance of making it into Cesare Prandelli’s 2014 World Cup squad, with Italy available at 6/4 to top a Group D that also contains England, Uruguay and Costa Rica.
The player’s agent, Marco Sommella, has recently indicated that his client would prefer to join highly-regarded coach Jurgen Klopp’s Dortmund revolution than head back to Juventus, who currently co-own his registration.
However, with Colombia striker Adrian Ramos due to join a growing posse of talented attackers at the Westfalenstadion from Hertha Berlin, after signing a pre-contract agreement with BVB, it’s difficult to see where Immobile would fit into Klopp’s first team.
Robert Lewandowski may have already bought his train ticket south east to FC Bayern Munchen, but Marco Reus and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have struck 34 times in the Bundesliga and Champions League between them this season.
Armenian forward Henrikh Mkhitaryan has also chipped in with nine in his first campaign at the club and is expected to kick on next term following Lewandowski’s departure.
In the face of such strong opposition for a starting spot, Immobile would be better off signing for a team clearly in desperate need of a striker, such as north London due Arsenal or Tottenham.
The Gunners’ centre-forward trio of Olivier Giroud, Nicklas Bendtner and Yaya Sanogo have registered just 22 times between them this term and the former – who accounts for 20 of those goals – has been linked with a move away from the Emirates this summer.
Arsene Wenger certainly ought to be interested in a striker that’s scored 15 goals in his last 17 games and looks gettable this summer, as should the high-ups at White Hart Lane, where another squad shake-up is expected once the campaign closes.
Emmanuel Adebayor has struck ten times in his last 17 Premier League starts for the Lilywhites, but the Togo international has emphatically proved in the past that he cannot be relied upon, while Roberto Soldado’s return of six in 27 top-flight appearances since arriving from Spain tells its own tale.