Arsenal and Mauro Icardi continued to get acquainted with each other this weekend as it was claimed that an offer has been made.
Some random Italian site claimed that Arsenal have offered €60m + €8m in bonuses and things went a little nuts after that.
What is clear is that if Arsenal truly are interested in the player, they will have stiff competition from Napoli.
After losing Gonzalo Higuain to Juve, they need to not only buy a replacement, but make a statement of intent after losing face when the Argentine joined their rivals. No ordinary player will do for them.
Inter, meanwhile, seem more open to letting their captain leave and, like Napoli with Higuain, would prefer the went abroad than strengthen a league rival. With all of these things, like we saw with Higuain or even Robin van Persie when he went to United, it is the player who ultimately decides.
Inter have allegedly identified Juve’s Simone Zaza as a replacement for Icardi.
If I’m honest, Napoli’s interest is more than a little concerning. Traditionally, South American players have found life far more comfortable in Italy, especially Naples, than the UK. They have the money to spend and are reportedly willing to exceed €70m to land Icardi if needs be – as I said, they have fans to placate.
Arsenal also have fans to placate. How they manage that in this most difficult of transfer windows, which sees more clubs shopping than strikers available, is anyone’s guess.
Somebody will lose out and end up with nobody.
Let’s hope it’s not us.