Video Scouting Mauro Icardi: Rumoured Manchester City Transfer Target
English Premier League side Manchester City are always good value for a few summer transfer rumours regarding the hottest strikers around, and the most recent stories surround themselves targeting Italian youngster Mauro Icardi.
Icardi, a 20-year-old forward, currently plays for Sampdoria and has scored nine Serie A goals for them so far this season.
Those goals comes from 22 league games in his debut season in the top flight in Italy. Needless to say, his quick burst onto the scene this term has seen him hit the headlines, and it has not been long before a number of clubs have been reported as interested in signing him this summer.
City sold Mario Balotelli in January without a replacement coming in, and with John Guidetti still not getting a look in it does appear that they have an attacking space spare to bring someone in, but is Icardi suited to the current Premier League champions?
Icardi has shown himself to be a very direct and athletic striker, who uses his pace and impressive first touch to get beyond the line of defenders. He is competent in one-on-one situations and likes to get a shot away early.
He claims around a 25 percent shot conversion rate, an impressive yield for such an inexperienced forward, and many of his goals this season have been plundered by utilising space in behind the opposition defence.
Eight of his goals this season have come since the turn of the year, including a four-goal haul against Pescara in January, so his ability to hit the back of the net over the course of an entire season has not yet been proven.
For Icardi himself, it would surely be best to continue playing as many matches and minutes as possible, to hone his best attributes and learn new ways of adapting to opponents with tough defences.
City, who still have Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez as present striking options, are surely not looking for someone to come in and be anything more than an option off the bench. Icardi hasn't shown enough explosiveness to show he is that kind of impact player, and he isn't going to get an awful lot better very quickly by reducing his role to substitute next season.
There's still plenty of time left for this rumour to run throughout the summer, but it doesn't immediately seem as though Manchester City and Mauro Icardi are a match for this year's transfer window.
Statistical data from WhoScored.com and TransferMarkt.co.uk
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