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Reports – £52m-rated striker flies-in to London for Arsenal talks
According to reports in Italy via the Evening Standard, Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi is set to fly-in to London for talks with Arsenal about a potential move this summer.
As well as looking for a new centre-back, Arsene Wenger is also hoping to add a top class striker to the squad before the window slams shut and Icardi is one of several names to be linked in recent weeks.
It appears Arsene is serious about trying to land the Argentinean international, if you believe the latest reports, as the Evening Standard are citing reports coming from Italian publication Il Messaggero that claim Icardi is flying to London to meet with Arsenal officials.
However, we aren’t the only club in the running as the report says that Chelsea and Napoli are also keen while Inter are understood to be demanding a whopping £52m (€60m) for the South American’s signature.
I personally don’t see Arsene paying that kind of money, although there were reports in the Daily Star earlier this month suggesting that we’re prepared to pay £29m in cash plus give Inter Olivier Giroud in exchange for Icardi.
We probably shouldn’t read too much in to these latest rumours as there have been countless reports this summer suggesting that Icardi and his wife/agent are coming to London for talks.
The chances are the strikers agent is using Arsenal’s name to get Icardi a better deal at Inter, however, let’s hope not as he’d be an excellent signing if we could somehow get a deal agreed this summer.
The problem, as ever, is going to be price as Inter are under no pressure to sell and with Chelsea and Napoli also reportedly interested, the San Siro club are going to want to generate a bidding war if they do decide to sell.
We all know Arsene doesn’t engage in bidding wars so unless things change drastically over the coming days, I don’t see Icardi arriving at the Emirates any time soon.