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Arsenal battling Chelsea with lethal striker deal at stake

Arsenal and Chelsea want to add PSG striker Mauro Icardi to their ranks in January, while an in-demand Manchester United forward is ‘looking around’ at options in the market – all in Monday’s Euro Paper Talk.

ICARDI PREDICAMENT SPARKS ARSENAL, CHELSEA BATTLE

Mauro Icardi is quickly forming a lengthy list of suitors after Arsenal and Chelsea joined those seeking his signature in January, per a report.

The Argentine, 28, had been one of European football’s most fearsome forwards while at Inter Milan.

His early form since ditching the Nerazzuri for PSG was stellar, though circumstances beyond his control have restricted his impact in recent times.

The summer arrival of Lionel Messi has placed an insurmountable obstacle in Icardi’s path. Indeed, very few forwards in world football would get regular minutes ahead of a front three of Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.

Icardi has mainly been used off the bench in Ligue 1 this season. Even more worrying for the forward is he is yet to start a single game in the Champions League this term.

As such, Icardi was previously listed as one of seven stars PSG could axe in January.

Tottenham and Newcastle were reported to be among the runners and riders. However, SportsMole (citing journalist Ekrem Konour) state Arsenal and Chelsea are in the mix.

Both clubs are reportedly ‘showing an interest’ in getting a deal across the line in January. Additionally, the prime factors behind their desire to land Icardi are stated.

Arsenal could have edge in Icardi negotiations?

Firstly, Arsenal are noted to be on course to lose Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah. The pair are both out of contract next summer. At present, new deals for either don’t appear likely.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is also described as ‘keen’ to add another option in the final third. Romelu Lukaku will re-take his starting role now back from injury. However, Timo Werner has never convinced since joining from RB Leipzig and genuine depth up top is surprisingly light.

Icardi was reported by Foot Mercato to be seeking a more ‘major role’ if he departs PSG. Given Lukaku will be unmoveable in Chelsea’s frontline, that would seemingly…

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