Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi is wanted by four of the Premier League's biggest club as the race to sign him hots up, reports the Express.
Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal have all been strongly linked with making formal moves for the Argentinian forward and are all monitoring his situation from now until the end of the season, with a move likely to take place in the summer.
Inter officials have been very open regarding the future of their stars and they have admitted that they will struggle to keep hold of Icardi, especially when English sides are interested as they have much more financial power than the Italian sides.
Serie A football isn't as prestigious as other leagues, such as the Premier League and the La Liga, and officials from the big clubs have already stated that they will struggle to keep hold of the main stars in Italy, and Icardi is one of them.
Both Chelsea and Arsenal were interested in signing the forward last summer, but no moves formalised after the two London clubs signed elsewhere.
Article continues below
The Blues brought in Diego Costa, Loic Remy and Didier Drogba, whilst Arsenal signed Danny Welbeck.
However, Jose Mourinho is planning ahead for this summer and is aware that Drogba may leave the club once his contract expires.
Mourinho sees Icardi as the perfect replacement for the Ivorian and is keen to make him yet another striking addition with a move seemingly in the piepline.
Despite Chelsea being firm favourites to sign the Inter star, the same report has revealed that scouts from Liverpool and City were in Italy over the weekend to watch Icardi play against Palermo and the Argentine ace scored twice, leaving a positive report.
Both Liverpool and City are now hoping they can beat Chelsea to signing the striker, who recently admitted he doesn't even like football.
“Football is a sport I have fun with, but I play it and that’s all", he said.
“I never watch games and know nothing about what’s going on in the sport.
“I don’t follow other Serie A results or know who got into the Coppa Italia semi-final. Who is the Chelsea goalkeeper? I know that, I’m not stupid.
“I’ve always been like that, ever since I was a kid. At the Barcelona youth academy I lived right next to Camp Nou, but I spent my days watching movies.
"There are plenty of professional players who couldn’t care less about football.”
These comments have reportedly annoyed Roberto Mancini and that is why he could look to sell in the summer.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms