With both Alvaro Morata and Romelu Lukaku struggling, both Chelsea and Manchester United are looking for alternatives and may have been given a boost with a top target.
Chelsea was coming off a brilliant title-winning season and decided to drop 28 goal star Diego Costa in return for former Juventus and Real Madrid star Alvaro Morata. But that wasn’t Antonio Conte’s first choice with the former Juventus boss very interested in re-signing Romelu Lukaku for Chelsea after a brilliant season at Everton for the Belgian international. But things did not go Chelsea’s way and Manchester United swooped in with a 70+ million bid for the 25-year-old.
However, now a season on and both strikers have failed to live up to their potential. Both Morata and Lukaku started the season brilliantly scoring six and seven in their first seven games respectively. But after that, both th25-year-olds went into a scoring drought, with Morata missing key chances against Arsenal and Lukaku struggling to use his physicality to get touches inside the box.
That has led to both the Premier League giants to restart their search for a brand new striker and thus, as a result, have been linked with moves for the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Timo Werner, Antoine Griezmann, Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale, and Mauro Icardi among others. However, the 24-year-old Argentine striker leads both clubs shortlists, and given his goal-scoring form it is no surprise why.
The former Barcelona youth product has gone on to score 28 goals in 33 appearances, missing out four games this season thanks to a muscle injury. However, despite that, the Inter Milan captain has been in exceptional form, with four in his last five games and 10 in his last 10 appearances in the Serie A.
Mauro Icardi has scored 28 goals in Serie A this season; the most by an Inter Milan player in a single campaign since Antonio Angelillo (33) in 1958/59.
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That’s exactly why the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid, and even Manchester City have scouted him and with now with the 25-year-old saying his future could lie elsewhere, things have been put in motion. In an interview, after a shock defeat to Sassuolo, Icardi was quoted as saying “I repeat every year, I will speak to the club If it’s good for the team that I stay, then I’ll stay, otherwise I will leave. I always do what is best for the club and the team. When the season ends, we’ll talk to the club and see what is best for them.”
The Inter Milan captain is one of the most sought-after strikers in world football ever since his breakout 14/15 season, although many argue that it was his 13/14 that got him noticed. Icardi scored 22 goals in 36 appearances in 2014/15 Serie A and has since then gone on to become the Nerazzurri numero uno striker.