Chelsea are set to beat Liverpool in the battle to sign Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, as reported by the Daily Express.
They will, however, have to negotiate Inter Milan down on the price that they are demanding for the forward.
The Italian giants are demanding a whopping £30 million for the Argentinian striker, according to reports from Italy.
Chelsea are convinced that they can negotiate Icardi’s price down to only £20 million at the end of the season, which would allow them to pip Liverpool to his signature.
Jose Mourinho has previously highlighted Icardi as the ideal replacement for Didier Drogba, who returned to the club on a free transfer in the summer after a spell at Galatasaray.
Drogba is set to retire at the end of the season.
A fresh story from the Express now suggests that Chelsea are set to win a race that Liverpool were also involved in.
Chelsea are eyeing up a move for Inter Milan’s Argentinian striker Mauro Icardi in the January transfer window as a possible replacement for Didier Drogba, who is set to retire at the end of the season.
They have also been handed a boost in that swoop, after Inter secured the signature of Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski on loan until the end of the season, with an option to purchase him permanently written into that deal, suggesting Roberto Mancini is already looking to replace Icardi.
In order to fund that particular move, Inter’s hierarchy might be tempted to cash in on one of their prized assets, especially with Chelsea sniffing around.
The Blues are willing to spend up to £20 million to bring their man to Stamford Bridge, according to the Daily Express.
Also according to the Express, Jose Mourinho believes Icardi is the man to replace Drogba, and he is keen on securing another striker to fill his sizeable boots during the transfer window.
Liverpool and Chelsea are both believed to be lining up a bid for Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi next summer, as reported by the Daily Express.
The 21 year old striker was repeatedly linked with a switch to the Premier League duo in the summer, but a bid was never completed and Icardi remained in Serie A going into the season.
However, new Inter boss Roberto Mancini has reportedly decided that Icardi will not be part of his plans going forward, and as a result, he could move to England.
Icardi has been valued at around £28 million, which is the fee that the sides would have to pay for the highly rated ace.
His former coach Jesus Hernandez has clarified how highly rated the player is, and suggested that England could be a possible destination for the striker, who he rated as possibly emulating Ronaldo.
Hernandez said: “If Icardi played in Spain or England, where he is likely to go, he would be a star.
“He will become one. He has the talent to be the new Ronaldo. You’ll see.”
Liverpool have been lacking a goalscorer since the departure of Luis Suarez and the series of injuries suffered by Daniel Sturridge.