Italian newspaper Tuttosport this weekend unsurprisingly went over over the future of Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi. Unsurprisingly because it happens every week.
Tuttosport seem to be of the opinion that Liverpool, along with maybe Arsenal, have pushed Chelsea aside in a pursuit of Icardi and should now be considered a likelier destination. The Italian newspaper say that a bid in the region of €35m could be tabled by Liverpool and that would see them at the forefront, it's stated that if Icardi starts to score regularly again then that could go up to €45m.
Inter Milan should be reluctant sellers, say Tuttosport, because without Icardi they would simply be a small club. Icardi is the player which marks Inter out as serious about a Serie A challenge, think the newspaper, and without him they'd be nothing. It sounds like it was written by the player's agent.
Icardi has scored 3 goals all season, he's not having the best of campaigns having been inexplicably (unless it was part of his new contract) made club captain. The Argentina born footballer has blamed his teammates for his lack of goals, saying that if they give him chances he'll score them. Roberto Mancini then promptly dropped the striker.
22 year old Icardi has been involved in various spats with teammates (Dani Osvaldo once being held back from attacking him on the pitch), disagreements with fans, and a prolonged spell when he refused to renew unless he was given image rights which recognised his status as the undisputed star of Inter.
These things are worth putting up with if Icardi is scoring a goal a game. He isn't, he's a long way from that, and it would be a surprise if Jurgen Klopp was genuinely interested. The Tuttosport claims sound very much like someone trying to help Icardi's status at Inter.
Liverpool may be able to push Chelsea side (if Chelsea's interest is true), but we're not so sure they'd even want to. Icardi needs to show over a season, or perhaps more, that he's growing up.