Manchester United send scouts to watch Mauro Icardi

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Manchester United sent their top European scouts to the San Siro on Sunday night, to watch Inter Milan strike star Mauro Icardi.

That is according to the Express, who cite sources in Italy in a report that United have joined the race to sign Icardi this summer.

Chelsea are their main rivals for the promising Argentine international, who scored twice against Palermo last weekend in front of a whole host of interested onlookers. The Blues have already held preliminary talks with Inter over a deal worth £18 million, but if United get their way the 21-year-old could yet end up at Old Trafford.


Is Icardi worth the trouble?

On the evidence of this season alone Icardi is definitely a player worth monitoring in terms of raw potential, but headlines over his love life and questions surrounding his attitude remain.

Icardi has bagged 13 goals in 22 goals so far this season, with a particular purple patch since the New Year sending him second in the Serie A goal charts, behind only Carlos Tevez.

Van Persie's replacement?

Given the form of United strike pair Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao its hardly surprising that Red Devils chiefs are exploring the possibility of adding new forwards this summer.

Falcao in particular has been a major disappointment at Old Trafford, scoring just four goals all season long thanks to a combination of injury problems and indifferent displays when fit.

Icardi would certainly bring a much-needed injection of pace to United's play in the final third, but Chelsea want the same thing as a primary back-up to Diego Costa.

Inter boss Roberto Mancini will surely consider cashing in on Icardi this summer to reshape a squad which needs major renevation, which means both Premier League clubs must be in with a serious chance of adding a player with serious raw potential at the end of the season.

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