Manchester United can’t seem to do anything simple. Signing a striker appears to be beyond the club.
The strikers Manchester United are reportedly targeting appear to be beyond parody. First there was the ludicrous pursuit of Marko Arnautovic, who, thanks to Bologna’s resistance, got no further than an opening bid.
Now United are said to be chasing controversial Paris Saint-Germain striker Mauro Icardi.
Argentine outlets TNT Sports and TyC Sports both report that Manchester United have shown an interest in the forward, who has been told he could leave PSG.
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Mauro Icardi has been linked with a Manchester United move
Following Erik ten Hag’s insistence that the club would target the ‘right players’, United’s selections appear to have lacked wisdom in the past week.
Arnautovic would have come with his own baggage. Mauro Icardi comes with a whole carousel full. To say he would be high maintenance would be an understatement.
Icardi is overshadowed off the pitch by his wife Wanda, with The Mirror dubbing them the ‘Icardashians’.
Adding the striker to the Old Trafford spotlight would be a dream for the British tabloid press – and a potential nightmare for Manchester United.
The striker’s goal record is not mixed at PSG. He has a respectable 38 goals in 92 appearances. But last season this included just four Ligue 1 goals in 24 games.
His real success came before at Inter Milan, where Icardi scored 124 goals in 212 games. But at 29, and with his Inter days long behind him, there is a risk that Icardi is past his prime.
This is the ultimate risk-reward move for United. Icardi may still be able to score 20 goals a season in a fresh environment.
But if it goes wrong, it will go really wrong. He would be stuck at United on high wages and a potentially major distraction off the pitch.
There are plenty of strikers Manchester United could target without the baggage. For some reason, the club seems determined to look at more problematic options.