Despite Inter struggling domestically, they were good value for the victory and there are enough stars in the Serie A club’s ranks to suggest that they could realistically win the competition.
One of those stars is Argentine forward Mauro Icardi, who has netted 19 goals in 33 games to ensure some stability at the San Siro. The former Barcelona trainee is a once-capped Argentina international, and his current goalscoring form hints at a continuing inclusion in his national side in the coming years. At just 22-years-old, he is hot property for many of Europe’s top clubs - with quality strikers at a premium in the current transfer market - and he has been linked with a switch to Chelsea and Manchester United this season, as per the Telegraph and the Mail respectively.
A transfer to Chelsea looks unlikely due to their current squad options, but it is clear that the Red Devils will be looking at strengthening their forward line in the summer. Robin van Persie has been injury-hit and has looked far from his best when taking to the field, while Radamel Falcao will likely not be offered a permanent transfer to Old Trafford. Wayne Rooney is being utilised in midfield more and more, leaving James Wilson to attempt to lead the line for a Premier League heavyweight.
United making a move for Icardi makes sense, and it now appears as though the Red Devils are stepping up their interest in the forward - having scouted him during Inter’s victory over Celtic.
As reported by Sport Witness - who collate reports from Italy - United had scouts at the 1-0 victory at the San Siro to watch Icardi, who played the full 90 minutes of the tie. Although not scoring, Icardi put in an impressive performance, registering four shots, winning one dribble, playing two key passes and winning two aerial duels. He was aided by Celtic losing a man inside 40 minutes, but the performance would certainly have piqued interest in his services.
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United are in need of a striker, and Icardi’s form both domestically and in Europe has suggested that he will be a great signing for any top club. He has been offered a new contract by Inter, as reported by the Express, but if United formalise their interest, a move may be too hard to turn down.