Chelsea ahead in Mauro Icardi race

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Chelsea are ahead in the race to sign Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, reports the Daily Star.

Citing reports from Italy, it has been suggested that the Argentine ace, who is recognised as one of the leading forwards in the Serie A, must sign a new deal with Inter by the end of the month or will ultimately be sold in the upcoming summer transfer window. 

Problems in Milan

In fact, the same report has suggested that Icardi believes he deserves a greater percentage of the club's image rights as he thinks he's the face of the club. 

It appears, then, that Icardi could be on his way out of Italy's elite division sooner rather than later, with the same report suggesting that Inter will want more than £25 million for his services. 

There's no doubt about it, at just 21-years-old, Icardi looks set for an extremely bright future in the game, so it's not surprising that a number of clubs are interested in his services. 

As well as Chelsea, European giants Barcelona have been credited with interest in the forward, while the Blues Premier League rivals Liverpool are also seemingly interested in his signature. 

Chelsea, though, are the team leading the race to land him, with the same report revealing that the Stamford Bridge outfit have already sent scouts to watch him in action. 

Drogba replacement 

In fact, it has been claimed that the club see him as the long term replacement for veteran striker Didier Drogba, 

Drogba, of course, only rejoined the Blues this past summer, but at 36-years-old, he can't go on forever, so it remains to be seen as to how much longer he will ply his trade at the top level. 

With the likes of Diego Costa and Loic Remy also starring at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea would no doubt prove even stronger if they were able to land Icardi, who has hit 13 goals this term. 

There's no doubt about it, Blues boss Jose Mourinho is planning for the long term as he goes in search of success at Stamford Bridge. 

Chelsea fans: Is Icardi the man to replace Drogba? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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