While Chelsea fans might not have been delighted with Tottenham’s progression to the Champions League knock out stage, their result might well end up doing Chelsea a favour. Inter Milan exited the competition as a result of Spurs’ success. This suddenly makes their star striker, Mauro Icardi, much more attainable.
Icardi is one of the best pure goalscorers in world football. If there is one ideal striker out there who would fit into Sarri’s system, it would be Icardi.
He now does not have champions league football to lose out on if he leaves in January. He may therefore be more willing to move.
Furthermore, Inter as a club have been burdened with financial problems for a good few years. The money that would have come with qualification for the Champions league knock out stages would have helped them significantly.
Now, they may feel the need to sell their most expensive asset in order to keep themselves stable financially.
They could collect at least £80 million for Icardi and several clubs could afford that.
No club would benefit from his talents more than Chelsea. Both Manchester clubs have star centre forwards. So do Real Madrid, Barcelona and PSG. Chelsea so not. They need that pure goalscorer to take the opportunities that Sarri’s style creates.
Of all the options to play as the number nine that Chelsea could try to sign, Icardi is the ideal candidate. The Argentinian is only 25 so he has years left at the top unlike the other strikers Chelsea could sign, such as Robert Lewandowski (30), Gonzalo Huguain (31) and Edinson Cavani (31). His goalscoring record stacks up with any of these excellent players. Now is the time for Chelsea to get their man.