Chelsea and Manchester City are amongst the clubs to be linked with a move for Sampdoria starlet Mauro Icardi.

The 19-year-old Argentine youth international has been earning rave reviews in Serie ‘A’ this season, scoring a notable brace in victory at Juventus and four against Pescara in a six-goal thrashing at the end of January.

It’s led to clubs from across Europe showing an interest, according to Tuttosport, with the Bianconeri, Napoli, Inter Milan, Roma, Chelsea and Manchester City all keen on the player.

Indeed, the Italian paper claims both the Blues and Citizens have sent scouts to ‘spy’ on the talented teenager, whose current €10million value is set to increase in the coming months at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez strengthened his attack during the January transfer window, with Demba Ba moving to Stamford Bridge from Premier League rivals Newcastle.

However, the Senegalese international is one of only two senior strikers available to the Blues boss, with mis-firing Fernando Torres the other option.

Icardi would continue the club’s more recent policy of bringing young players to west London, and would also add to a growing South American contingent within the Chelsea camp.

Manchester City, meanwhile, let a striker go in January, with Mario Balotelli departing the Etihad Stadium for AC Milan.

Sold on deadline day, Citizens manager Roberto Mancini was unable to replace the 22-year-old at the end of the transfer window, leaving just three senior strikers available for selection in the shape of Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko.

Icardi would take the Italian’s options back to four up-front, and given the Manchester City manager’s previous relationship with Sampdoria, the reigning champions could be well-placed to bring the player to England.

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