Only Juventus’ Carlos Tevez has more Serie A goals this term than Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi, so the Argentina striker’s potential Premier League suitors Liverpool and Chelsea are unlikely to get him on the cheap.
A fee of £30m has been bandied about over the weekend, with Atletico Madrid reportedly interested in acquiring Icardi’s signature. Judging by the way Diego Simeone hoovered up strike duo Antoine Griezmann and Mario Mandzukic over the summer, the La Liga title holders deserve respect.
Icardi has fired in 10 Serie A goals so far this term (Tevez is on 11), including a brace, a hat-trick, and seven strikes in his last 12 appearances.
Hailing from impressive football frontwater Rosario, where Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria, among many other top talents, were also born, Icardi’s European odyssey hasn’t always run so smoothly.
Still only 21, Barcelona bought the youngster from Gran Canaria club Vecindario back in 2008, after he had scored over 500 goals in the youth ranks, having moved to the Spanish archipelago as a boy.
Clearly impatient for first team football, Icardi moved to Sampdoria on loan three years later, with the Genoa-based outfit making the wise decision to snap him up for a mere £400k in July 2011.
His switch to Inter materialised at the end of the 2012/13 campaign, and despite being plagued with injuries during his first season at the Giuseppe Meazza, the 5ft11in hitman notched a respectable tally of nine goals in 22 Serie A fixtures for the Nerazzurri.
As stated previously, Icardi has already eclipsed that tally this term, and currently stands on 14 all-competition strikes in 24 games for his side, numbers that go a long way to explaining the high valuation being quoted for his services.
Reported Manchester United and Liverpool targets Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain, both of whom are compatriots of Icardi, have the same number of 2014/15 Serie A strikes as the youngster.
Today’s Telegraph reports that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will move for Icardi soon, after Inter conceded that the likelihood they will miss out on Champions League football next term may lead to player sales.