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Chelsea plotting January move for Serie A hitman

Mauro Icardi

Premier League Champions Chelsea are planning to make a big money move for Inter captain Mauro Icardi. The Blues aim to replace Diego Costa, who left for Atletico Madrid in late September.

The Italian Serie A has seen some great strikers rise through the ranks in recent times. The likes of Ciro Immobile, Andrea Belotti and Simone Zaza are all just examples of the talents in Italian football. However, one South American has been all the talk in Milan in recent years. Inter captain Mauro Icardi has been consistently one of the best strikers in the league.

Icardi has been a target for Premier League sides in the past. Arsenal were reportedly close in the past, however, it now seems as though their London counterparts Chelsea are in for the goal machine. Following Diego Costa’s departure to La Liga in September, and Michy Batshuayi’s unreliable form, it makes sense that Chelsea would want Icardi.

Conte targeting in-form Mauro Icardi

Much like previous seasons, Icardi has had a productive start to his campaign. This campaign has been no different, the former Sampdoria man has struck 11 times in the league in 12 outings.Icardi boasts an outstanding conversion rate of a goal every 97 minutes.

His goals have contributed to an unbeaten season so far for Inter. Luciano Spalletti’s side beat rivals AC Milan in a recent derby, Icardi scored a hattrick as the game ended 3-2 to Inter’s benefit.

Mauro Icardi

Icardi has been key to Inter’s strong unbeaten start to the season.

Chelsea’s interest is reported by El Gol Digital who suggest that the Blues are ready to pay the forward’s release clause of  €100m (£88m). Such a vast sum won’t be a problem for Conte, who now has extra funds to spend following the sale of Costa.

Apart from Alvaro Morata, there is no other striker the Italian can rely upon, to deliver the goods.

However, given Conte’s dislike for unprofessional characters, it would seem strange that he is interested in Icardi. The Argentine is still not accepted as the captain of the Nerrazzuri by Curva Nord, who are the fiercest of fan groups of Inter.

This hate is due to the controversial comments made by the 24-year-old in his autobiography in 2015.

Author’s take

There is no doubt Icardi would be a successful striker for Chelsea, given the way he plays with Inter, he would fit in with Conte’s system. A partnership with Morata could make the duo a very lethal force and make the Blues a force to be reckoned with. However, this is all only possible if Conte is willing to let Icardi’s lapses in attitude slide for the betterment of Chelsea.

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