Arsenal have approach for Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi rejected by Italian side

Arsenal have seen an approach for striker Mauro Icardi turned down by Inter Milan, according to the Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli, the Daily Star report.

The Gunners have been linked with Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema for much of the summer, but with that deal now off the table, Giulianelli revealed that Arsene Wenger’s attentions switched to the 22-year-old (via Star).

“What has gone on behind the scenes after Benzema deal went off: Arsenal showed interest in Mauro Icardi but Inter refused to sell him,” he explained.

Despite collecting their second win of the new season against Newcastle yesterday, there are still concerns about Arsenal’s title prospects should they fail to add another striker in the final days of the window. The fact that the winning goal was an own goal from Fabricio Coloccini highlighted that need for a new striker, despite the win.

And Icardi represents the kind of exciting goalscorer that may provide the confidence that the north London side will need if they are to mount a serious title challenge.

The Argentina international was the joint top scorer in Serie A last year, despite the disappointing year endured by Roberto Mancini’s side, and now boasts a record of 32 goals in 55 top flight games, which considering he’s still learning his game, is an incredibly impressive return.

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