Manchester United are lining up a summer transfer swoop for Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi according to reports in Italy.
That could have a knock-on effect for the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea, with Inter likely to pursue the signature of in-demand youngster Paulo Dybala as a replacement.
Who will line up in attack for Manchester United next season remains a mystery, with question marks hanging over the heads of Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie. Falcao is currently on loan at Old Trafford and boss Louis van Gaal is unlikely to take up the option to sign him on a permanent basis for around £43 million.
The Colombian striker has bagged just four goals in the Premier League this season while Van Persie hasn't fared much better, scoring 10 in 24 league appearances this term.
That has prompted speculation over who Manchester United could be targeting and according to Tuttosport the man for the job is Icardi. The Argentinian has 14 goals in 20 Serie A appearances for Inter Milan this term, and has been tipped to make a big-money move at the end of the season.
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According to Tuttosport, Manchester United would have to pay more than €40 million to land Icardi, who is said to be holding contract talks with his current employers.
Manchester United have also been linked with a swoop for Dybala who has exploded onto the scene with Palermo this term, but he could be targeted by Inter as a replacement for Icardi.
The 21-year-old has 12 goals already this term and has also been linked with the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool in the past. Palermo's outspoken owner Maurizio Zamparini has already conceded that his star player will be sold in the summer.
"The presidents of the major English clubs and PSG called me. I'm in constant contact with them," he said.
"There is great interest in Dybala. We will look to find an agreement which serves the interest of both the player and Palermo."
Both Icardi and Dybala are rated as the two hottest prospects in Serie A right now, although if the two were to be separated then the Inter striker would have the edge.
He's a firebrand on and off the field and could be just the type of agitator that Manchester United could need in their front line to add a spark that has been missing for some time. If that means that Arsenal, Chelsea or Liverpool miss out on Dybala then so be it; as things stand their interest is far from concrete and seeing if he can improve at Inter may be the best course of action anyway.
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