Chelsea lodge £22m bid for South American goalscoring ace – report

Chelsea are looking to bolster their attack this summer after winning their first Premier League title for five years and a £22.2 million bid for Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi has been lodged, according to Sportmediaset.

Icardi has scored an impressive 23 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions for Inter this season and although the club were keen to tie him down to a new deal, it seems the striker is now having second thoughts.

The 22-year-old has been linked with Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool as well as Chelsea as a move to the Premier League looks to be a growing possibility.

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And the latest reports out of Italy suggest that Chelsea have submitted a £22.2 million bid in the hope of winning the race for the Argentina star.

Didier Drogba does not look likely to sign a new contract with Chelsea, leaving just Loic Remy and Diego Costa as forward options, so Jose Mourinho will be desperate to bring in another quality forward this summer.

The Blues have wrapped up their first Premier League title since 2010 but Mourinho knows he must strengthen to keep Chelsea at the top of the table next season.

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Chelsea on alert to bolster attack with £22m rated striker

Jose Mourinho has struggled with his attacking options at stages this season, and recent injuries to Diego Costa and Loic Remy have left Chelsea looking rather weak up top as Didier Drogba is not the player he used to be and is having to settle for cameo roles.

Chelsea’s lack of depth in their forward department has fuelled speculation that Mourinho will bolster his options and £22 million-rated Inter Milan striker, Mauro Icardi, could be on the move to the London club, according to the Metro.

Icardi has netted 16 Serie A goals in 28 appearances this season for the Nerazzurri and the Italian club are reportedly already on the look out for his replacement, with Mario Gomez and Edin Dzeko two players linked.

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Chelsea could well delve into the transfer market for two strikers this summer as Didier Drogba will turn 38 next season and hasn’t scored in his last 23 appearances. His contract is up at the end of the current campaign and it is still unclear what is next for him.

Diego Costa is currently sidelined with his recurring hamstring issue and despite scoring 20 goals this season, 19 have been in the Premier League, and his lack of goals in the Champions League ultimately cost the Blues in Europe.

Loic Remy has netted seven goals in 26 appearances but missed out in the weekend’s win over his former club Queens Park Rangers through injury.

Chelsea have failed to maintain their scintillating form they showed at the start of the season but they have that early season run to thank for still being ahead in the race for the title.

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Icardi could be a key player at Chelsea next season, not only for giving Mourinho an extra option, but also helping to keep his other strikers on their toes in the form of healthy competition.

Manchester United have also been linked with a move for Icardi and the young forward could be the subject of a fierce transfer battle between some of Europe’s biggest clubs this summer.

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Manchester United looking to beat Chelsea in race for £30m Inter star

Manchester United have joined a host of Premier League clubs in the race for Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi, according to Fichajes.

The 22-year-old Argentine striker looks likely to leave Inter this summer after turning down a £2 million-a-year offer from the Serie A club.

Jose Mourinho is known to be an admirer of Icardi and he has long been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, but United could look to swoop as Louis Van Gaal looks to rebuild his attack this summer.

Radamel Falcao is unlikely to be signed on a permanent basis after failing to live up to expectations in his loan spell from AS Monaco this season, while Robin Van Persie could also be off.

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That will mean the Red Devils need to bring in strikers, and Icardi could be an exciting addition if United can meet Inter’s valuation of £30 million and beat Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City to his services.

Icardi wants a £2.2 million-a-year contract at Inter, a total that equals around £40,000 per week, so a move to Old Trafford looks more than possible if the player fails to reach an agreement with his current club.

Icardi has netted 15 goals with four assists in 27 Serie A appearances this season could join up with fellow Argentina internationals Marcos Rojo and Angel Di Maria with a move to United.

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