Inter Milan will reportedly let their captain and star striker Mauro Icardi leave for just £19 million following a bust-up with manager Roberto Mancini—a price Liverpool are prepared to pay.
The Reds have scored just 30 goals in the Premier League this season, with big-money summer signing Christian Benteke struggling to fit in at Anfield, so more firepower would be a huge boost to their hopes of finishing in the Champions League places.
A prolific striker such as Icardi could be the answer to Liverpool's problems. The Argentinian has scored eight goals and assisted on one in 19 Serie A appearances this term, and last season, he was the division's joint-top scorer with 22, per football writer James Horncastle:
James Horncastle @JamesHorncastle
Icardi, youngest Capocannoniere since Paolo Rossi in 1978. Toni, the oldest in history, at 38. Hubner was 35 in 2002.2015-5-31 20:52:04
Indeed, the youngster was in incredible and ruthless form:
Unsurprisingly, Italian football writer Adam Digby believes Icardi is the most clinical finisher in Italy's top tier:
Adam Digby @Adz77
Mauro Icardi. Simply the deadliest striker in @SerieA_TIM no matter what you might think of him personally.2015-10-27 21:20:27
Adam Digby @Adz77
@ItalianBruinFan @SerieA_TIM Better players yes, more deadly accurate in front of goal? Nope.2015-10-27 22:44:46
Mancini has a history of allowing players to depart following a personal clash with them, such as with Mario Balotelli at Manchester City, but Icardi is a much more key player for Inter than Balotelli was for City so it would still be a huge surprise if they let him go for such a relatively low fee in the middle of the season.
Further, according to Sky Sports (h/t Football Italia) the hitman will be staying put:
Bad news #MUFC and #LFC fans, Sky reports Mauro Icardi will stay at #Inter. LIVEBLOG: https://t.co/iwL03WSJSq #DeadlineDay #FCIM2016-2-1 11:26:42
Liverpool are also reportedly targeting one of Italy's other top young striking talents, as Calciomercato (h/t Sam Hall of the Independent) reported the Reds "lead the race" to sign Juventus star Alvaro Morata.
The Spaniard has accrued seven goals and five assists in all competitions this season, putting him on target to at least equal last season's tallies of 15 and seven, respectively.
The 23-year-old has outstanding potential, but that is precisely why, as Hall noted, the Bianconeri do not wish to part with him. If Liverpool hope to land a goalscorer before the end of the deadline, they'll likely have to look elsewhere.