Who is Mauro Icardi and should we be excited yet?

Rumour persists that Arsenal have made a big-money move for Argentinean striker Mauro Icardi.

Social media went into meltdown today when Icardi’s wife – who also happens to be his agent – sent out a tweet from London, with speculation rife that she is in town to meet with Arsenal representatives.

There has been no official word from either club – which is no real surprise – but a fee in excess of £40million is being mooted by various media outlets, which would potentially make Icardi the club’s record signing.

The 23-year-old is currently captain of Italian giants Inter Milan and has impressed in Serie A over the last two seasons with his eye for a goal.

In 2014/15 he managed 27 goals in 48 games, with six assists, and followed that up in 2015/16 with 16 goals in 30 games, with four assists to boot.

At 5ft 11, he isn’t blessed with the sort of stature that is going to see him cause the defensive monsters of the Premier League too much of a problem.

In the last two seasons, only three of his league goals have been scored with his head, which adds weight to that theory.

There isn’t too much of an international career to speak of, he only has a single cap, earned in 2013, and that more than likely came to ward off interest from the Italian national team, for whom he was eligible to play.

There may be a chance to see him strut his stuff this summer, however, as he is apparently in contention to play for Argentina in the Rio Olympics, as recent signing Asano is for Japan.

Just days after fretting over Arsene’s lack of activity in the transfer market, a move for Icardi would be a welcome boost. Not just for pensive Arsenal fans, but also for the players and the club, who have all seen rival teams lining up and completing signings ahead of a challenging 2016/17.

Of course, all of this may yet come to naught, so the pessimist in me is keeping a lid on my excitement for now, but let’s hope this one proves accurate. I must confess, Icardi is something of an unknown quantity to me, but the signs are encouraging.

If nothing else, he has the requisite number of tattoos to suggest a serious footballer.

Take a look at a video of the Argentine in action:

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