Liverpool have been linked with Inter Milan’s 22-year-old striker Mauro Icardi in the past, which has led to a flurry of speculation the club could make a late move for him following news out of Italy that his current club are looking to deal him before the close of the January transfer window.
The timing would undoubtedly be tight, and as yet there is no suggestion Liverpool are engaged in negotiations for striker, but for a reported £19M it would at the very least make for an intriguing proposition. Quick, strong, and able to play either on his own or just off another striker, Icardi has scored 44 goals in 90 appearances for Inter.
He arrived there from Sampdoria in the summer of 2013 for €12M as one of the highest rated young strikers plying his trade in Europe, but in the three seasons since the Argentine has struggled to fully deliver on that promise. To date, he has earned a single senior cap for Argentina, in 2013 as a late substitute in a loss to Uruguay.
If reports that he is available for only £19M are true, it would represent a potential bargain based on his talent and that he’s still only 22 years of age. It would also be a gamble on him being able to put all the pieces together in England in a way he hasn’t yet done in Italy, though on paper he looks to have a skill set suited to the Premier League.
Getting a deal done for him would seem the longest of long shots given how late news of his availability comes, but if past reports of Liverpool interest were true and Inter Milan are motivated to sell it wouldn’t seem an impossible deal, especially if Liverpool have given up entirely on getting a deal done for Alex Teixeira.