In the latest developments on Arsenal’s hunt for a new striker this summer, it has today been reported that Gunners target Mauro Icardi will fly to London to hold talks with Arsene Wenger next week, ahead of a proposed move to the Emirates.
Nobody seems to know where the Gunners currently stand when it comes to potential incomers and if the media is to be believed then Arsenal are supposedly wrapping up deals for Higuain, Mahrez and Lacazette, whilst Giroud is reportedly on his way out. The likelihood of that happening has the slimiest of chances, so should the latest developments on Icardi to Arsenal be trusted?
According to Italian football journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, who is well renowned in the football transfer world, Icardi will fly to London next week to hold talks with Arsenal and Arsene Wenger over a proposed move from Inter Milan. Icardi’s agent previously stated that Icardi had no real interest in leaving Milan and that the pair were hopeful that the Argentinean would soon be offered a new contract by the Italian giants. However it seems as if money and a lack of champions league football may force Inter Milan into selling their star striker and Arsenal head the lists of favourites for his signature.
Icardi would offer Arsenal something different to Olivier Giroud and could be what we need as a plan B player, however I wouldn’t consider the Argentinean striker to be a big upgrade on Giroud. With 47 goals in 88 SERIA A games since 2013, Icardi has shown promise but I wouldn’t suggest that he holds enough quality to be a consistent starter ahead of Giroud and isn’t that supposed to be what we are looking for in our hunt for a striker? Icardi would probably be the cheapest striker of the bunch that we are currently linked with, but is he really worth investing in, if we could instead get the likes of Draxler or Lacazette?
We will have to wait until what next week brings for this story, in order to see if there is any truth behind Di Marzio’s claims!