According to Italian reports, Rafa Benítez has asked Real Madrid to sign Mauro Icardi. Chicharito’s certain departure forces the manager to scan the market for someone with similar attributes and that doesn’t mind starting from the bench. His belief in rotations would actually give the Argentinian more minutes than the Mexican had under Ancelotti.
Despite rumors of the potential signing of another top “galáctico” as we have become accustomed, the chances of it being a striker are very low. Karim Benzema continues to be strong and valued at the club, even though some question that Benítez’s system would see the Frenchman lose importance.
Whether or not Rafa revolutionizes Real’s playing tactics, he will need squad depth in order to pursue his constant rotations. The club wants Jesé Rodríguez to be that substitute striker, yet his form was very poor this season. Icardi on the other hand was the star of a very discreet Inter Milan, scoring 27 goals in 48 matches. Earning him the joint top goalscorer trophy in the Serie A.
Although he’s young, he seems to have outgrown Italy and Inter, making this the perfect moment to switch sides. Half of Europe is already behind this promising man. He would bring speed, strength and clinical finishing to Real. In addition, he understands the value of tactics well, something that Benítez will appreciate greatly.
The biggest priority for the club is that the price is right. It doesn’t seem they will have high-profile sales like Özil and Di María this year, so they need to watch out for the Financial Fair Play. The Argentinian’s market value currently sits at 25 million euros, which is exactly what Florentino wants to spend to please his manager’s request.
It’s too early to tell how things will go. Nevertheless, Los Blancos don’t want this to be a long transfer window, as they hope to take care of business right away. They suffered this year because Kroos, James and company came back late because of the World Cup. Their intention is to have their squad completed before the end of July. The end to the Icardi story will come soon.