Arsenal and Chelsea reportedly face serious competition from Napoli in their battle to sign Mauro Icardi.

The 23-year-old Argentine forward was instrumental for Serie A giants Inter Milan last season.

And Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger rightly made him the Gunners priority target in the summer transfer window as he continues to search for an upgrade for the inconsistent Olivier Giroud.

New Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has apparently entered the race to bring him to London too.

The Italian boss has been heavily linked with Everton striker Romelu Lukaku this summer, but Everton’s insistence that he will not leave for less than £75m has left him frustrated.

And Icardi has emerged as a plausible alternative, with Conte having experienced the Argentine hitman first-hand during his time in charge of Juventus.

However, both Premier League giants could apparently be left disappointed.

According to Sky Sports Italia, Inter Milan’s Serie A rivals Napoli are all set to launch a mega-money offer to take Icardi to the Stadio San Paolo.

Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri is in search of a talismanic forward following the £75m departure of Gonzalo Higuain two weeks ago.

And while he has already added £29.2m Arkadiusz Milik to his squad, Icardi’s current club are bracing themselves for a £53.2m raid as Sarri attempts to prize their captain away from the San Siro.

The young Argentinean forward scored an impressive 22 league goals last season and has followed that up with another 16 this campaign. He is starting to show consistency in his goal scoring and, at just 23-years-old, however he still has room to improve.

It must be said that Icardi is not a typical Wenger number nine.  The striker doesn’t pride himself on his link-up play, but instead builds his game around his instinctive finishing and positioning.

He is a decent height standing at 6ft and wins a respectable 41 per cent of his aerial duels.

Icardi is not known for his pace but is certainly a quicker option than Giroud and may thrive off the creativity from the likes of Mesut Ozil behind him.

Wenger has already missed out on striking targets Higuain and Jamie Vardy and Arsenal fans will almost certainly be concerned over the club’s recruitment strategy in terms of landing a new forward.

 

 

 

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