Serie A titans Inter Milan may struggle to keep hold of star striker Mauro Icardi if they fail to arrest their current slump under Roberto Mancini.
The fallen giants have found victories hard to come by since the Italian succeeded Walter Mazzarri back in November despite recruiting strongly in January, and are yet to hit anything like top gear under Mancini.
They face a huge challenge to qualify for the Champions League given the current form of Napoli, Fiorentina and Sampdoria, and may face more heartache in losing Icardi if Chelsea come calling in the summer.
Incredible Icardi has stepped up this season
Despite Inter lacking the winning mentality and impressive football of old, star striker Icardi has been a shining light in an otherwise turbulent campaign with 13 goals in 19 league appearances.
With Dani Osvaldo making more enemies than friends and going awol during his short stint at the San Siro, the pressure has been on the youngster to provide the goals to help their cause. And that is exactly what he has done.
Chelsea continue to monitor progress
Game-by-game, his performances are improving and now seemingly enough to tickle the fancy of Jose Mourinho at Chelsea who could bring him to Stamford Bridge for the right price.
If he does depart it would increase the need to buy a new striker in the summer, and would mean yet more investment after the arrivals of Xherdan Shaqiri, Lukas Podolski and David Santon last month.
Inter malaise clear for all to see
Inter, like their city rivals AC Milan, are stuck in a state of malaise and require huge levels of investment and tactical fortune if they are to reach the dizzying heights of yesteryear.
The pair used to be considered the two best and biggest clubs in England, with the likes of Ronaldo, Christian Vieri and Andrea Pirlo all donning both jerseys. Despite the lack of loyalty, that they attracted a host of the world’s biggest players was a symbol of their formerly high standing within the footballing world.
Appointing Mancini was heralded as a masterstroke at the time given his successful first spell at Inter, but since taking the reins has failed to transform their fortunes and will lead his side into the weekend’s clash against Atalanta 10th in the table and 13 points adrift of third place.
Hunt for Drogba's replacement well underwau
Despite Mourinho spending big to bring Diego Costa, Loic Remy and Didier Drogba to Stamford Bridge in the summer, they may yet conduct another raid on Serie A after signing Juan Cuadrado last month.
Drogba’s age means he is no guarantee for the long term, whilst Remy’s failure to make a sufficient impact during his time at the club could see him sold in the summer – a move that would also allow the Frenchman to nail down a starting berth elsewhere.