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Liverpool Transfer News: Mauro Icardi Price Reportedly Set, Latest Reds Rumours

Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi grimaces after missing a penalty kick during a Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Inter Milan, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
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Christopher SimpsonFeatured ColumnistFebruary 1, 2016

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.  

According to Italian outlet Sport Mediaset (h/t Metro's George Bellshaw), Liverpool "are admirers of the 22-year-old and are ready to meet Inter Milan’s asking price."

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:

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:

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:

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.

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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.

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