Journalist Josh Holland has suggested that Aston Villa should make a move for Paris Saint-Germain striker Mauro Icardi this summer, amid the club’s search for a new centre-forward.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the transfer insider mentioned the Argentine marksman as a possible option for the Midlands outfit, with Villa potentially able to capitalise on the 29-year-old’s uncertain future at the club, following reports he is one of a number of players up for sale.
Holland stated: “I’m thinking now PSG have signed Ekitike, that could maybe pave the way for Icardi, who’s obviously been linked with a move away.”
As alluded to above, the arrival of former Newcastle United target Hugo Ekitike at the Parc des Princes has pushed the one-time Inter Milan skipper – who has just two years remaining on his existing deal in Paris – further down the pecking order.
It is no real secret that the Villans are in the market for a new striker in the current window, with manager Steven Gerrard having reportedly been considering a move for former Liverpool teammate Luis Suarez earlier this summer.
Available on a free transfer following his departure from Atletico Madrid, a move for the 35-year-old hotshot could well have made a lot of sense, with it hard to look past his remarkable tally of 436 goals and 238 assists in his club career thus far.
Alas, the suggestion is that the Premier League outfit have opted against signing the 132-cap, Uruguay international, leaving Gerrard with Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings as his senior, forward options – that pairing having only netted 18 goals combined in all competitions last term.
It would potentially be something of a wildcard move, but turning to Icardi as the man to provide that much-needed goalscoring touch could well prove a masterstroke, with the £157k-per-week menace seemingly the ideal alternative to fellow South American, Suarez.
That is claim is not without merit, however, with the pair said to share a number of statistical and stylistic similarities, according to FBref.
Like the former Barcelona man – who has often stolen the headlines for all the wrong reasons – the Rosario-born hotshot has been no stranger to controversy throughout his career to date, although perhaps their greatest likeness lies in knowing how out to put the ball in the back of the net.
Icardi is certainly proficient at doing just that having fired in 203 goals in just 383 club career games thus far across spells in Italy and in France, having notably netted 124 goals in 219 outings across all fronts during his time at the San Siro.
Even while taking on a bit-part role with PSG, the £19.8m-rated ace has still been a regular source of goals for the Ligue 1 giants, scoring 38 times in 92 games thus far, albeit with just five goals to his name last term.
Dubbed “lethal” by journalist Siavoush Fallahi, the 5 foot 11 maverick is a true, old-fashioned number nine, possessing that poacher’s instinct to find himself in the right place at the right time in the opposition penalty area, much like that of Suarez.
There may well be sizeable baggage that comes with signing such a high-profile figure, although Icardi could be just what Gerrard needs to solve his striking woes.
If the 42-year-old can’t lure his former colleague to Villa Park, then the eight-cap gem is the next best thing.