Blues hijack Real Madrid with £96m bid for Mauro Icardi – report



CHELSEA have made a £96m bid for Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, it has been claimed.

The Blues are looking to improve their squad this summer after a disappointing season saw them finish fifth in the Premier League.

And one area Chelsea will be particularly keen to strengthen is their attack with Alvaro Morata failing to fill the void left by Diego Costa.

Spanish outlet Don Balon, known for their bold transfer claims, say the Blues have tabled an offer of £96m (€100m) for Icardi.

Real Madrid have been linked with a move for the 25-year-old after his stunning forms his season.

Icardi netted 29 goals in just 34 Serie A matches to help Inter finish fourth and secure Champions League qualification.



GENOA, ITALY – MARCH 18: Mauro Icardi of Inter celebrate after penaltyduring the serie A match between UC Sampdoria and FC Internazionale at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on March 18, 2018 in Genoa, Italy.

But the reports claim it is in fact a Chelsea star who is top of Florentino Perez’ which list this summer.

Eden Hazard is wanted as Real Madrid look to overhaul their squad after struggling to cope with Barcelona in La Liga this season.

Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah was the leading candidate to join until the Champions League final.

But after the Egyptian winger was injured by Sergio Ramos he is said to be less keen on a switch to the Bernabeu.

That leaves Hazard as the priority target for Real Madrid although interest in Icardi also remains.

Despite his good form, the Inter Milan forward was left out of Argentina’s squad for the World Cup in Russia this summer.

Hazard was unable to help Chelsea defend their Premier League campaign.

That’s despite the Belgian netting 17 goals and 13 assists in all competitions.