It appears Chelsea have been handed somewhat a major boost in bid to sign Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi after Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis latest hint.
The Napoli president said he believes that the Argentine striker, who has formerly been linked with moves to Arsenal and even Real Madrid in recent times, would thrive at Stamford Bridge.
And Icardi this season, has netted 10 goals in 13 matches in all outings for the Nerazzurri and while still at 25-years-old, the striker seems to be improving year in year out.
Icardi is an integral part of the Series A club that sits third in the Series A table and are nine points behind perennial champions Juventus and they also sit in a strong position to qualify for the next round of the Champions League, second in Group B behind Barcelona.
It’s no denying the Argentina international has been an essential part of the club’s recent success and his overall record with the club makes for impressive reading, as he has managed to net 114 goals in 191 games over the last three years.
According to Football London, Napoli chief De Laurentiis tried to sign Icardi to Napoli last year while Chelsea current manager Maurizio Sarri was still in charge, and amid speculation that the Blues are interested in his services, Laurentiis backed him to succeed if he plays for Chelsea.
“I offered 55-60 million, I do not remember.
“I met his wife, very nice. We spent an afternoon together, we negotiated a potential contract.
“Icardi is a champion, he could become a new Ronaldo, in the hands of Sarri he could make 40 goals.”
At the moment, Sarri is making do with Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud up front at Stamford Bridge, but neither man has managed to exhibit the kind of form expected of a top Premier League striker in 2018.
Icardi has proven himself as a lethal attacker in Italy and on the European stage, while also leading by example in an Inter team which is still some way short of being good enough to contend at the very highest level and should he join Chelsea, the good spark the end of Morata at the club.