Report claims Arsenal will rival Liverpool for leading Serie A striker

The two Premier League clubs are thought to be amongst those interested in signing Inter Milan hotshot Mauro Icardi.

Much has been made in recent weeks of Arsenal's need to upgrade in the striker department in this summer's transfer window, and the Mirror reports that the Gunners are keen on bringing Inter Milan man Mauro Icardi to the Emirates.

With Danny Welbeck having missed the majority of the season through injury and Theo Walcott suffering from form which has been patchy at best, it has been left to Olivier Giroud to lead the line for the Gunners for much of the campaign.

The Frenchman has hit 20 goals in all competitions for the club since last August, but 12 of those came in a hot streak between October and December, and he has netted only twice in his last 21 matches since the end of January, both in the FA Cup replay against Hull City in early March.

Giroud's barren run has led to many pundits calling for Arsene Wenger to spend big money on a consistent, regular goalscorer this summer, and the Mirror believes the club have earmarked Icardi as one player who would fit the bill.

The 23-year-old has youth on his side, and boasts a tremendous record over the last two seasons for Inter, having scored 42 goals in 81 appearances since the start of last season.

The paper reports that the Argentina international could be available for £25 million this summer, but that the North London side would likely face competition from a host of other clubs including Liverpool, Chelsea, and Manchester United.

With Christian Benteke set to be offloaded by Jurgen Klopp and Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings, and Divock Origi all having suffered injury lay-offs this season, the German boss would likely be keen to bolster his attacking options.

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