3 possible destinations for Mauro Icardi if he leaves Inter Milan
Over the years, there have been several instances where players have turned rogue during contract negotiations in a bid to get themselves a better deal or seek a move elsewhere.
Adrien Rabiot is a prime example, with the Frenchman eyeing a move away from Paris. However, in recent weeks, another saga namely the ‘Mauro Icardi Drama’ has taken centre stage.
The Argentine has been at Inter Milan since 2013 and has scored more than a hundred goals for the Nerazzurri. Moreover, his leadership qualities even prompted Inter Milan to hand him the armband.
For several transfer windows, the future of the Argentine has been the subject of speculation yet the forward has committed to the club each time. However, things could be about to change this time around with Inter Milan stripping him of the captaincy and Icardi subsequently refusing to take part in a Europa League game.
The Argentine and his agent’s demeanour while negotiating have left a lot to be desired. But, rather than focussing on a normative assessment at the moment, we should indulge in a positive analysis and short-list the clubs that Icardi could turn out for if he eventually decides to cut ties with Inter Milan.
Here is a look at them:
#3. FC Barcelona
The Spanish side has been in the market for a reliable back-up centre-forward in the past couple of years. Yet, they’ve had to settle for secondary targets as none of their primary ones are willing to play second fiddle to Luis Suarez. However, with Icardi’s hat in the ring, the Blaugrana could be tempted to make a big-money move.
Icardi’s game relies a lot on movement and with the Spanish side boasting of a certain Lionel Messi, his attacking runs won’t go unnoticed.
Moreover, his dogged determination is akin to Suarez with his propensity to press high another string in his bow.
A team player par excellence, Icardi would fit hand in glove at Barcelona. At 25 years of age, the Argentine would also provide the Blaugrana with a long-term striking option.
However, at the moment, it seems that Suarez has at least another top-notch season left in him. Thus, enticing Icardi to adopt a back-up role could prove potentially problematic. In addition, Barcelona have spent a lot of money recently and unless they can ship some of their players, they might not have the funds to make the deal happen.
Yet, on footballing logic, one can’t deny that Icardi would be an ideal signing for Barcelona. But, in reality, the deal could just be a step too far at this juncture.