Assessing transfer rumours linking Chelsea with Mauro Icardi

The Inter Milan forward is reportedly a target for the current Premier League leaders if the British media is to be believed.

Chelsea have been linked with a move for Inter forward Mauro Icardi in recent days, with The Telegraph stating that the Blues are ready to move for the in-form striker this month.

The once-capped Argentina international has been in fine form this season, netting ten Serie A goals for the struggling Stadio Giuseppe Meazza outfit.

Icardi largely played second-fiddle to compatriot Rodrigo Palacio last season in his first campaign with Inter, but this term the 21-year-old has rewarded faith shown in him with some excellent performances.

But, is it in the player’s interest to move to Chelsea and do the Blues need him?

Firstly, if Inter have any ambition of returning to become one of Italy’s most successful clubs, selling Icardi is not a good move.

The young forward has shown this term that he is one of the most-rounded attackers in Serie A and the Nerazzurri can surely build a team around the striker.

For Icardi, after spending time on the Inter bench last term, the player will surely be enjoying playing week-in, week-out and any potential transfer must afford the same luxury to aid his development.

With Diego Costa the main man at Chelsea, the chance of Icardi playing regularly at Stamford Bridge is not likely and there is even a possibility that he could be loaned straight back out.

The worst case scenario for the 21-year-old would be sitting on the Blues’ bench as Costa’s understudy and even then he has club legend Didier Drogba and experienced Loic Remy as competition.

For Chelsea, continuing their policy of signing young talent from around the world and potentially seeing Icardi prosper out on loan makes sense, but bringing him into Jose Mourinho’s first-team squad does not.

It could well be a situation similar to that of Romelu Lukaku who excelled on loan at West Brom and Everton before being sold for a profit, but Icardi needs to weigh up his options very carefully should the current Premier League leaders come knocking.

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