Wolverhampton Wanderers have been linked with signing PSG striker Mauro Icardi this summer and the Argentinian could be Bruno Lage’s very own Jamie Vardy should he make the move to Molineux.
According to Corriere dello Sport the French champions are ‘desperate’ to offload the Argentina international this summer and Wolves are a potential destination for the 29-year-old.
Les Parisiens have reportedly asked super-agent Jorge Mendes for help in finding Icardi a new club, and given his connections with Wolves, a move to the West Midlands could be on the cards.
While the striker has not enjoyed the most fruitful spell in France, his previous form at Inter suggests that he could be a superb addition to Lage’s squad this summer.
Icardi hit 124 goals and 29 assists in 213 appearances for I Nerazzurri and captained the side before moving to Paris in 2020, where he has made 92 appearances, contributing a respectable 38 goals and 10 assists.
While the striker’s game time has been limited at times, he has been forced to compete with the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria in PSG’s attack, so would presumably be much more of a regular in Wolves’ side next season.
If he were to join, he could be Lage’s version of Vardy, who has enjoyed a superb career with Leicester City in the Premier League, scoring 133 goals in the top flight and memorably helping the Foxes to the title in 2016.
According to FBref, the former England international is the most similar player to Icardi in terms of play style, with both players registering similar scores in terms of shots per 90, shot-creating actions per 90 and expected goals per shot last season.
WhoScored also suggests that both Vardy and Icardi excel at finishing, and considering Wolves’ lack of goals in the top flight last season, with only the relegated sides scoring fewer, a clinical finisher could be exactly what Lage needs next season in order to progress.