Maurizio Sarri Targetting £96m Mauro Icardi If Appointed At Chelsea

Maurizio Sarri Targetting £96m Mauro Icardi If Appointed At Chelsea
May 30, 2018

Chelsea Inter News Serie A

Maurizio Sarri has outlined to the Chelsea board that he wishes to make Mauro Icardi his first summer signing at the club, according to Corriere dello Sport, via the Metro.

If Chelsea go on to appoint the former Napoli coach as their new manager this summer, it’s believed that the Italian manager’s first course of concern is to bolster an underwhelming forward line that contributed to the West London club falling from title winners the previous season down to a mediocre fifth-place finish.

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The Blues shelved out a hefty £60million for Álvaro Morata last summer to replace the outgoing Diego Costa, but the Spanish striker failed to hit the ground running and managed only a hugely disappointing 11 Premier League goals in 31 appearances. Having been displaced by January signing Olivier Giroud towards the end of the season, some sources have even speculated that the former Real Madrid man could be ready to axe English football only a year after arriving.

With question marks also lingering over the future of Michy Batshuayi, who enjoyed a fruitful spell on loan during the second half of the season at Borussia Dortmund, Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport report that Sarri would want Chelsea to activate the £96million release clause in Icardi’s contract that only applies to foreign clubs.

Icardi’s potential move to Stamford Bridge hinges on the arrival of Sarri, with Chelsea unwilling to play the Italian’s £7m release clause.

The Argentine striker was in devastating form last season scoring an incredible 29 goals in 34 Serie A games, firing the San Siro side back into the Champions League for the first time since the 2011-12 season. Despite his stunning goalscoring exploits, the 25-year-old was surprisingly omitted from Jorge Sampaoli’s 23 man Argentina World Cup squad competing in Russia this summer.

Icardi has been linked with switches to some of Europe’s biggest clubs such as European champions Real Madrid and Italian champions Juventus in recent months. If reports are to be believed, the Bianconeri are targetting Icardi as a replacement for Gonzalo Higuaín, who only joined the club in 2016. However, it’s thought to be unlikely that Icardi will switch to another Serie A club with his loyalties to Inter.

 

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