As reported by Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, Mauro Icardi will be Chelsea’s number one transfer target if they appoint Maurizio Sarri as Antonio Conte’s replacement this summer.
With the latest reports suggesting that Chelsea’s talks with Sarri are going positiviely, a new era could be about to dawn at Stamford Bridge.
That’s exciting for supporters who have grown tired of the direction the team are taking under Conte, especially since it appears Sarri is targeting some big names to arrive at the club in the upcoming transfer window.
Correire dello Sport report that Sarri is targeting a £96m move for Mauro Icardi if he takes charge at the Blues.
The paper reckon that Sarri is already working on how he can improve the Chelsea squad and has identified securing an upgrade on their attacking options a key priority.
It’s important to remember that Alvaro Morata arrived with about as much as hype as possible during last summer’s transfer window and his move hasn’t quite worked out despite an initial burst of form, so expecting the world from Icardi could be folly too.
It’s often difficult to tell how a player will cope with transitioning from one football culture to another.
That being said, Icardi is about as legitimate as it gets when it comes to potential successes in the English Premier League, having scored over 20 goals in three of his last four seasons at Inter Milan.
In 2017/18, he hit a magnificent 29 for the Italians, his highest return to date, and looks set to move to the next level in his career.
That kind of scoring form could spark a new era of success at Stamford Bridge and get the potential Sarri appointment off to the best possible start.