Arsenal want Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi if Alexandre Lacazette bid fails

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Arsenal's exhausting search to sign a world-class striker is never-ending.

Despite having been linked with Romelu Lukaku, Alvaro Morata, Gonzalo Higuain and Alexandre Lacazette over the course of the summer, the Gunners are no closer to solving their attacking conundrum.

Arsene Wenger remains active in the transfer window but with every passing day, it seems less and less likely that Arsenal will make a much-needed addition going forward.


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Lacazette is currently the top target in north London with an improved and final bid set to be made for the Lyon striker.

But should he stay put, Arsenal's options will be further limited.

It would seem Wenger has a plan B, though. According to The Sun, the Frenchman will turn to Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi should he indeed fail to sign Lacazette.

The £50 million-rated Argentine is in high demand across Europe having scored 47 goals in 91 Serie A appearances and would represent an upgrade on Olivier Giroud.

Inter are willing to entertain offers for Icardi too, after president Erick Thohir revealed they would sell if the price is right.

In quotes relayed by the Daily Star, he said: "All of us and Inter are hoping that figure goes above €60 million.

"Inter will be here for hundreds of years but it is made of individuals who change each year."

Arsenal would face stiff competition to sign Icardi, with Napoli said to be interested after selling Higuain to Juventus for £75 million.

It's reported that Inter received - and rejected - a £50.7 million bid for Icardi in the hope of being offered more.

"We are hoping to receive a better offer," Thohir added. "Mauro is an important player for us and our captain. However, players come and go."

What's clear is Wenger would have to smash Arsenal's transfer record of £42.5 million to sign the Argentina international.

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