Jesus Hernandez, a former coach at Inter Milan, believes the outstanding Mauro Icardi has the ability to become the next Ronaldo if he chooses to leave Inter Milan for either England or Spain.
''If Icardi played in Spain or England, where is likely to go, he would be a star,'' said Hernandez, as reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport. ''He will become one. He has the talent to be the new Ronaldo.''
Liverpool, along with Premier League rivals Chelsea and a number of other European clubs, are reportedly interested in the talented 21-year-old who has scored seven goals in 12 appearances this season.
In the summer, the young attacker told Italian media that he had no ambitions of leaving Inter Milan and would be happy for his agent and the club to sit down and iron out a new contract.
''A contract renewal? That's something my agent concerns himself with,'' Icardi was quoted as saying on Sky Sports. ''I didn't speak to any of the Inter directors. I am focusing on my performances on the pitch and my personal life.
''If my agent gets in touch and tells me to come and sign a new deal, then I'll think about that.''
However, four months on and nothing has been signed and talks have been said to of stalled.
The reported €30million fee being asked for the youngster is likely to put off some of the competition as a player of that age, despite talent, is far from a nailed on cert to go on to to become a world class player. A lesson Liverpool had to learn the hard way with the 'next Alan Shearer' in Andy Carroll.
He has made a good start to the season in Italy and with Inter Milan failing on many different levels that achievement can't be overplayed enough. Nevertheless, it has to be said, Liverpool are unlikely to make a move for the player in January as they should look to add the experienced needed in order to mount a late top four bid after a woeful start.