Chelsea are seriously considering a blockbuster move for Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, viewing the hugely talented young forward as a viable option to fill the void left by Didier Drogba when he calls time on a wonderful career this summer.
Drogba is widely expected to confirm his retirement at the end of the season, which means Chelsea will be in the market for a new forward to offer Diego Costa genuine competition for his starting spot in attack.
Icardi has the potential to offer just that on current form, with the 21-year-old scoring nine goals in Serie A this season to send his valuation soaring to around the £30 million mark.
Icardi continues to divide opinion at Inter
The Daily Star believes Chelsea's interest in Icardi is genuine and has been strengthened by Manchester City's pursuit of Wilfried Bony, with the Blues effectively ticking the Swansea City striker off their list of long-term targets.
Icardi certainly has a huge potential and has already been capped by Argentina, but he's definitely a player that has divided opinion since signing for the Nerazzurri in 2013.
Juve game well worth mentioning
Tuesday night's Derby d'Italia showdown with Juventus offered a prime example of the good and bad that comes with Icardi. The clever young forward scored against the defending Serie A champions with a clinical finish on the turn, but also proved extremely wasteful in the final third.
Icardi nearly came to blows with team-mate Dani Osvaldo after failing to play in the striker of a free Lukas Podolski late on, a flaw in his game that could still deter Blues boss Jose Mourinho from taking a chance on one of Italian football's brightest prospects.
The former Sampdoria star now essentially has six months to prove to Mourinho and indeed new Inter boss Roberto Mancini that he's a player worth fighting for.
Mancini may well decide to cash in on a sought-after asset in order to reshape a hugely under-performing Inter squad, if he does Chelsea are currently the club best placed to take advantage despite interest from Liverpool.
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