The Manchester United fans in the Transfer Tavern are excited by recent reports which link their club with a move for Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi.
Jose Mourinho has a huge task on his hands this summer with regards to his club’s activity in the transfer market. Manchester United have spent huge sums of money in recent years, and they may be forced to do so once again in order to catch Manchester City at the summit of the Premier League next season.
City’s dominance in the top-flight has been met with deep concern by the resident Red Devils propping up our bar who believe their club need to make a huge statement of intent this summer to avoid becoming the subordinate power in Manchester. According to Corriere Dello Sport, United could be set to do exactly that during the transfer window by signing Mauro Icardi from Inter Milan.
The report claims that Icardi’s agent Mino Raiola has been in contact with United over a possible deal for Inter Milan’s captain (valued at £67.5 million by Transfermarkt). There’s no doubt about it, Icardi is one of the most prolific strikers in world football and his arrival at Old Trafford would certainly give City genuine cause for concern ahead of the new season.
However, before completing a deal for Icardi, Mourinho must consider that his arrival could force Romelu Lukaku out of the club just 1 year after completing a big-money transfer from Everton. The Portuguese manager has stuck by the Belgium international through periods of intense criticism from both fans and pundits alike, but his loyalty would certainly be tested by Icardi’s presence.
Balancing two strikers of Icardi’s and Lukaku’s quality is a problem which only Guardiola can genuinely claim to have with Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero at his disposal. City’s manager seems to be doing a brilliant job of keeping his striker’s happy and affording them ample opportunity to impress, but both players are at completely different stages in their careers, whilst Lukaku and Icardi are both in their mid-20s and unlikely to be willing to share responsibility at the spearhead of United’s attack.
With that to consider, it seems inevitable that Icardi’s arrival would force Lukaku to seek a move away from the club in search of first-team opportunities. Naturally, Mourinho would relish the prospect of having both Icardi and Lukaku at his disposal, but unless he is willing to switch to a 4-4-2 tactic, there’s no chance his dream scenario will become a reality next season.
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