Tottenham Hotspur have been named as a potential destination for Mauro Icardi this week…
According to Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport, the 28-year-old has many admirers across Europe and he could leave Paris Saint-Germain regardless of his marital issues off the pitch.
It’s thought that the eight-cap Argentina international is frustrated by his lack of game time at Le Parc des Princes this campaign, though that should hardly be a surprise as he’s playing second fiddle to names like Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi.
The report claims he has interest from England but only Spurs are mentioned in that regard, whilst Juventus and Milan are also mooted.
It remains to be seen how much a transfer would cost, with Transfermarkt valuing the out-of-favour forward at just £31.5m.
The addition of a new attacker certainly seems to be the priority for sporting director Fabio Patatici as he looks to bolster Nuno Santo’s frontline.
That should hardly be a surprise as reports throughout the summer suggested that the Portuguese wanted to deploy a two-man up top system and he was looking for a new striker to partner Harry Kane, rather than replace him.
But even then, the Lilywhites are woefully short on options in the final third. The England skipper is Nuno’s only senior centre-forward and that’s certainly a major problem.
An injury to Kane, irrespective of his form, would be a killer blow to their chances of success in this campaign.
For example, his last long-term injury saw Spurs crash out of the FA Cup and Champions League, and if the 2019/20 season didn’t come to a halt before restarting, his absence could’ve cost them a place in Europe, too.
Last season, he contributed to 54.4% of all their goals scored in the Premier League, so it’s vital that Paratici and co find him a viable backup, if not partner.
The Argentine has been a regular goalscorer throughout his career and despite a lack of game time in Paris, he still has bagged 36 goals in just 72 matches – a goal every other game.
It’s crucial for Spurs to find another forward this winter and Icardi could be an interesting candidate, given his lack of regular game time under Mauricio Pochettino.
Paratici could solve one of Nuno’s most troubling issues with a swoop for the 28-year-old marksman.