It’s a deal which would have seen the extremely talented 19-year-old centre forward join City’s youth ranks, showing a clear sign of their intent to improve their transfer policy with regards to younger players.
However, he was a player that seemed to interest Roberto Mancini and his assistant David Platt which means any possible deal with Sampdoria is more than likely off the table.
Bear in mind both Mancini and Platt are likely to still have contacts at the Serie A club because that’s where they both spent good chunks of their playing careers.
The pair were also spotted at Sampdoria home matches earlier in the season, more than likely scouting Icardi who has been enjoying his breakthrough season with the Italian club.
Considering the calibre of other clubs interested in him such as Roma and Inter Milan, Mancini and Platt would have undoubtedly given City an advantage had they wanted to make him a Manchester City player.
It’s also something which would have gone a fair way to changing the views on Mancini that he didn’t care about the youth teams and the academy system during his time at the club.
His numbers for this season don’t seem overly impressive with nine goals and three assists from 23 starts but it’s his age and potential, which would have benefited the Etihad club the most.
What’s more impressive is the impact he’s had for the Under-20 Argentina side with three goals in just five games, which suggests he relishes the pressure of playing at international level.
If the new boss is Manuel Pellegrini then it could be a different situation altogether with the focus moving from bringing in young players from Italy to bringing in young players from Spain, where Pellegrini has more experience.
Yes, he is from Chile and Icardi is from Argentina, but that’s about the only thing linking them because if he’s confirmed as City’s new boss, he’ll have an entirely different agenda.
They’ve pretty much shot themselves in the foot over a talented player with a market value of just £10 million and someone they could have used Carlos Tevez to help settle in.
He’ll more than likely now stay in Serie A with some big teams from Italy having also scouted him throughout the season, ever since he broke into the first team.
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