Confirmed! Arsenal breaks record to sign Milan ace Icardi

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Arsenal is reportedly among a long list of clubs interested in signing £97million-rated Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, according to reports in Italy.

The Argentina international has been performing brilliantly this season, netting 18 goals in 20 Serie A games to spark rumors that he could be heading to Real Madrid soon.

Diario Gol recently claimed Icardi was close to sealing a move to the Bernabeu after passing a secret medical with the club, and this also follows links with Premier League sides.

Don Balon have linked Icardi with Manchester United, while the Sun spoke of a potential battle between Chelsea and Madrid for his signature earlier in the season.

Still, Gianluca Di Marzio has now listed Arsenal among his list of big-name suitors, and this comes as the Gunners face losing Alexis Sanchez to Manchester City.

The Guardian claim City have offered £20million for Sanchez, and without a doubt, Icardi could be a fine signing to replace him up front in Arsene Wenger’s team.

However, the 24-year-old is more of an out-and-out centre-forward than Sanchez, and that could spell trouble for summer signing Alexandre Lacazette, who is yet to fulfill his potential since he arrived from Lyon.

Icardi may be seen as an upgrade by Wenger, though Di Marzio claims it would likely cost around £97m to prise the prolific hit-man away from the San Siro.