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Why Inter Cannot Afford To Let Mauro Icardi Go

Mauro-Icardi-InterThis is a crazy transfer window for strikers. Chelsea paid £33m for 22-year-old Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi. Real Madrid reportedly want £60m for 23-year-old striker Alvaro Morata. Napoli want £70m for 28-year-old striker Gonzalo Higuaín. These valuations beg the question. What is Inter captain Mauro Icardi worth in today’s transfer market?

The last couple of days have been interesting ones for the deadliest striker in Serie A. His agent, and wife, Wanda Icardi has been using the media to put public pressure on the club to either give her client a new contract or sell him. After 24 hours of silence, Inter responded Monday that their captain was not for sale.

Was that the right decision by the club? In one word. Yes. Icardi is the most deadliest striker in Serie A according to these stats from whoscored.com. The young striker averaged a goal every 50 touches and had the best conversion rate in Serie A [28.1%].Imagine what would happen if Inter got him the ball more in the penalty box?

Icardi Conversion Rate

Despite Mancini’s side inability to put together any sort of consistent offensive attack last season, Icardi was actually deadlier in front of goal than he was in 2014/15 when he tied for the Capocannoniere.

Icardi Stats

Someone on Twitter recently commented that Juventus striker Paulo Dybala was a better player than Icardi. There are some aspects of Dybala’s game, like his link up play, that are undoubtably better than Icardi’s. But there is no doubt that in front of goal, the Inter captain is much more deadlier. I would venture that if they swapped teams, that Icardi would shatter Higuain’s single season goal scoring record, while Dybala might hit double digits for Inter.

In a summer when 22, 23-year-old young strikers with potential are being valued at €50-60m, Icardi is a proven goal goal scoring record over three seasons now. That puts him in a separate class than Batshuayi and Morata. And a much higher valuation.