Chelsea must swoop for Icardi to launch a serious title challenge

According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea are targeting Serie A strikers Mauro Icardi and Krzysztof Piatek as Maurizio Sarri runs out of patience with Alvaro Morata.

What’s the word?

Sarri appears to have finally given up on misfiring Morata, who has scored just two goals in eight appearances in the Premier League this season, and has seemingly found the player – or players – to replace the Spaniard.

The London club were linked with Inter Milan captain Icardi when Antonio Conte was still at the helm, who wanted the Argentine to partner Morata up front.

The second striker, Krzysztof Piatek, is a name that has probably not been on Chelsea fans’ lips too much – not because they can’t say it, but because until he started scoring freely for Genoa the Pole was a relative unknown.

Icardi is reportedly the preferred option but Piatek is a cheaper alternative and an approach will surely be made for at least one of them when the January window opens if Sarri wants to push for the title.

What would Icardi bring?

The 25-year-old scored 29 goals in 34 league games last season and has more or less picked up where he left off this year, scoring four and assisting two in seven appearances.

The 5 foot 11 hitman wins two aerial duels a game compared to Morata’s 1.3 and completes one key pass per game, dwarfing Morata’s 0.3. However, the former Sampdoria man is valued at £85.5million by Transfermarkt.

What’s Piatek got in his locker?

Following his move from Cracovia Krakow in July, the 23-year-old has scored nine goals in just eight league appearances for Genoa, winning more than double Morata’s number of aerial duels (2.8) and taking a massive five shots per game, compared to the Spaniard’s two.

In stark comparison to Icardi, Transfermarkt value him at just £13.5million.

Which one should Chelsea go for?

If Sarri wants to challenge for the league title, then surely his best option here is Icardi. The poacher might be a lot more expensive but Piatek is in only his first season in one of Europe’s top five leagues and while his strike rate is phenomenal, he is a bit of a gamble because there is much less of a guarantee that he would replicate his form in England.

Icardi, however, has proven that he is a top striker season after season and is therefore the more sensible signing here.