Mauro Icardi has been rejected by Real Madrid according to Spanish outlet Marca, so he could become key to implementing Maurizio Sarri’s philosophy at Stamford Bridge instead, with Chelsea believed to be keen on the Argentine according to the Sun on Sunday.
The 25-year-old has scored nine and made two assists in 20 Serie A appearances for Inter Milan this season and that’s contributed to a rise in market value from £45m in June 2017 to £90m now, according to Transfermarkt. Indeed, with Eden Hazard’s future in doubt, he could be Chelsea’s next main man.
Sarri has struggled to implement what many call ‘Sarriball’ at Stamford Bridge and the majority of Chelsea fans are becoming tired with the poor and, at times, embarrassing results, such as the 6-0 loss to Manchester City. The players don’t appear to have adapted to his methods so far and even look like they have regressed since the start of the season.
This may be partly due to the complete switch in manager from a pragmatic and typically-Italian Antonio Conte to quite the opposite in Sarri. His methods do work though, as we’ve seen with the way his Napoli team played during his last two years at the club.
With that in mind, the issue lies with the players.
Icardi provides the high-intensity work rate that Sarri demands from his squad. His movement would allow for midfielders such as Jorginho and N’Golo Kante to always have a passing option. Too often this season Chelsea have been stagnant in the midfield and this is partly due to a lack of movement up top.
Alvaro Morata only scored one every three games for Chelsea until his move, and although Gonzalo Higuaín appears to be a much better finisher, he still lacks the dynamic movement that Icardi would provide. These are the same runs made by Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus that please Pep Guardiola so much at Manchester City.
If Chelsea can secure the signature of Icardi in the summer, his movement and finishing ability will mean more space is created for Chelsea to play into and, of course, more goals are scored.
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