Premier League giants Arsenal are set to launch a tempting bid of £30m for roping in Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi, before the transfer window closes this summer, according to foottheball sources.
Arsenal are keen on making immediate reinforcements in their attack and sources claim that the Gunners are willing to offer Oliver Giroud plus £30m, as a part of a swap deal for Icardi this summer.
It is believed that Arsenal will face strong competition form Serie A side Napoli, who are also keen on signing securing the signatures of Icardi.
Napoli have made a huge profit after selling Gonzalo Higuain to Juventus for £75m and it is believed that it will help them to launch a tempting offer for Arsenal target Icardi.
Napoli have spent £42m for roping in Polish duo Arkadiusz Milik and Pitor Zielinski and sources confirm that the Serie A side are willing to pay a whooping £50m to beat Arsenal in the race for Icardi.
According to reports in The Star, it is believed that Chelsea have emerged as a candidate, in the hunt for capturing the Inter striker, amid Arsenal and Napoli interest. Reports suggest that the Blues are unwilling to match the asking price of £75 million for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku and have now shifted their attention towards Icardi.
Wenger is desperate to bolster his attack before the upcoming EPL and Champions League campaign. The Gunners boss has also shown interest in Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette.
However it seems that Arsenal are not willing to match the asking price of £35m for Lacazette and recent reports stated that Lyon’s president Jean Michael Aulas has declared that their player is not for sale.
It is believed that Wenger has now shifted his focus on Icardi and wants to finalise the deal before the transfer window closes.
Icardi has played a pivotal role in the last three seasons for Inter with 52 goals to his name in 105 appearances. However the Inter captain has failed to win any trophies with the Serie A side.
Roberto Mancini has been replaced by Frank de Boer as the new boss at Inter and sources claim that the new manager along with the new owners – the Suning Commerce Group, are desperate to hold on to their star forward, despite tempting bids from Arsenal, Napoli and Chelsea.