11 Jul 2016

Great News for Liverpool? Agent confirms exciting transfer news about 'dangerous' €30m striker

In January, Inter Milan reportedly rejected a deadline-day offer from Liverpool for 'dangerous' striker Mauro Icardi, and with the summer transfer window in full swing, it appears that Inter will now allow him to leave.  Should the Reds pursue Icardi as a potential replacement for Christian Benteke?

On January 31st, Italian newspaper Corriere Dello Sera claimed:

* Liverpool had a €30m bid Icardi rejected on deadline day.

* Inter allegedly turned down the offer as they were unable to find a replacement in time.

On Sunday, Icardi's agent told Calciomercato:

"Inter have put Icardi up for sale. There are many clubs interested. There is no release clause and we hope Inter won't ask for a sum outside the market value"

In February 2015, Icardi admitted that he'd be 'honoured' to play for Liverpool, and when asked again at the end of November about LFC's interest, he told Tutto Mercato:

"I'm aware of the [Liverpool] rumours, but...I'm staying, as I did last year. I'm the captain and I can not give up the team"

Icardi's stats over the last two seasons:

* 2014-15: 36 goals/assists in 48 games (one every 107 mins).

* 2015-16: 20 goals/assists in 34 games (One every 131 mins)

* Totals: 56 goals/assists in 82 games (One every 116 mins)

Despite his impressive stats, Icardi has attracted criticism from Inter legend Christian Vieri, who recently criticised the striker's laid-back approach to games:

“Icardi doesn’t move much. He should run more, and play more with the team and not immediately go deep".

If Icardi needs to 'run more', then he doesn't sound like the kind of player who'd thrive in a Jurgen Klopp team. Remember: the ability to run 20 miles a game is far more important than actually scoring/creating goals on a consistent basis.

The elephant in the room is, of course, Liverpool's poor record of success with players from Serie A, but that has to change sometime.

Should Liverpool pursue Icardi?


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