Tuesday August 20 2019
Make the right move, Maurito

Napoli are tailor-made for a clinical finisher like Mauro Icardi and all roads lead to the San Paolo, but Giancarlo Rinaldi fears he’ll waste this too.

As a failed former striker of mediocre repute, there are few things I find more frustrating than watching talent go to waste. Most of us - spectators, supporters or scribes - have harboured some dreams of swapping places with the stars who set foot on the fields of Serie A, La Liga or the Premiership. To watch gifts like those given to Mauro Icardi being apparently frittered away has the horrible feeling of seeing your best bottle of Barolo going glug-glug-glugging down the drain.

I never try to be too judgmental of anyone in the game - you need to walk a mile in their designer boots and all that - but it is hard not to tear your little remaining hair out over the Argentinian striker at times. On his day, he makes the goalscoring art look ridiculously easy with a chance conversion rate that sometimes feels higher than 100%. Just when you are wondering if he will ever touch the ball, boom, he finds the back of the net.

But, in more recent times, it is the sideshow that he brings with him that has captured the headlines and seen him fall from Inter skipper and stalwart to surplus to requirements. If ever there was a reputation that needed a move to help it be rebuilt, it was his. With that other madcap hitman Mario Balotelli having found a home in Brescia, it would be good to see Icardi settled somewhere as well. And Napoli looks like a good - and possibly only - fit.

That Sergeant Major Conte would have no time for any antics will have surprised precisely nobody at the Nerazzurri. He has preferred to bring in the armoured tank option of Romelu Lukaku to lead the attack, with Lautaro Martinez in a supporting role. Maurito has disappeared so far down the pecking order that it feels like you are looking at him with your binoculars the wrong way round.

But the forward finds himself in one of those situations not dissimilar to the great Super Mario, where the number of potential suitors quickly whittles itself down to not very many. Some clubs might not fancy him, other leagues may not suit, and few can meet his financial requirements. In the end, it feels like all roads lead to the San Paolo.

The talk is of cash or, potentially, Arkadiusz Milik plus a big bag of euros going in the opposite direction to clinch the deal. The sensation is of a team that actually wants him in their line-up and, just as importantly, the chance of a fresh start. A squad with the beautiful attacking mechanisms of Napoli looks tailor-made for a finisher of his ability. How many times have we seen them waste chance after chance, wondering what might’ve been if they just had someone clinical on the end of those passes?

And a Coach like Carlo Ancelotti has just the right attitude to cope with the vicissitudes of the goalscorer’s career. The former boss of just about every team that matters has seen almost everything in his managerial life. Anything Icardi can produce is only likely to make his eyebrow arch a little more steeply before he carries on regardless.

Yes, there would be pressure attached, of course. Few places love their Argentine stars more than Naples and there would certainly be plenty of attention and expectation. However, if you deliver the goods, there are not many clubs where the adulation provided is of such intensity.

It seems, in truth, like a no-brainer for the 26-year-old who stands at a crossroads in his career, but that is no guarantee that he will see it that way. Those of us of more modest footballing skills would jump at the chance to be given such a lifeline at one of Italy’s most entertaining outfits. It is to be hoped that Icardi - and all his entourage - will view things in that manner as well.

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Have your say...
i have to address this one thing with Icardi; you know Icardi whoever follows a woman telling him what to do, losses! why don't you go to Argentina play there? you have lost the respect of the fans and team in precise. you must focus on your football rather than your manager!!!!!! i hate you, and i don't like to see you in serie A.
on the 26th August, 2019 at 9:10am
Just when you think Icardi can’t be more of a douche he proves he can. Napoli would be perfect fit for him, and for the club, and all of Serie A. as much as I despise him now he’s a great talent ( when he’s committed ). And having Balo back in Italy makes up coming season goal scoring race exciting. ...but him turning down clubs for spite,saying he’ll only join Juve while trying to sue Inter shows what a POS he is. I can only wish the worst for the jerk. He should just retire.
on the 22nd August, 2019 at 5:26am
Napoli get Icardi over the line, they should be joint favourites for the scudetto especially after Juves summer. This is possibly their best chance of the league since they last won it and if ADL is serious about bringing it to Naples he should throw everything at Icardi. Hes a guaranteed 25 goals if settled. Manolas and Lozano were key additions but Icardi is the final piece.
on the 21st August, 2019 at 6:04pm
@Urban I was talking about up to the breakdown.
on the 21st August, 2019 at 5:08pm
Even before this drama with Icardi began at thew start of this year, I always said (even in Sarri's Napoli) that if he was in that club, he'd be scoring 30+ goals on a regular basis, and make them true Scudetto contenders! Now, here we go again, coming back in circle! But, could it be possible, that he could be as stubborn as he appears he might be (no matter if it's under an influence of Wanda or not) & stay at Inter, and finally, end up like Mario? Yes he might! But I hope NOT!
on the 21st August, 2019 at 1:33pm
@ Seria A fan- exemplary Professional - he faked injury for 6 weeks when Inter had few options.
on the 21st August, 2019 at 8:56am
get well soon Maurizio Sarri

Caught pneumonia already after just a week in Turin.

Was super healthy when was in beautiful Naples.
on the 21st August, 2019 at 1:42am
out, probably until close to the end of the window since each party is holding out for their own intere. If Juve and Inter can’t find an agreement and Icardi does reject Napoli to stay at Inter, it is hard to understand his motivations. I have sympathy for Icardi because he’s different from the likes of Balotelli, who brought his antics onto the field. Icardi has always been an exemplary professional on the pitch, been loyal to Inter and consistently delivered excellence over the years.
on the 21st August, 2019 at 1:39am
Not sure I want Icardi at Napoli (even if it did happen, which I very much doubt).
All the agita being caused just by being linked with a move for him is crazy and dread to think what it would be like if he and Wanda became our problem!

Not sure that Wanda and ADL would be a match made in heaven lol.
on the 21st August, 2019 at 1:38am
People making sweeping assumptions about the dynamics of the whole situation shouldn’t be so presumptuous and remember we probably don’t know the half of it. We still don’t really know what was behind the initial breakdown. There’s a few sexist comments in here and the idea Wanda is a gold digger is bizarre since she clearly works hard and makes her own living. Again, we don’t know the dynamics in their relationship or their desires and motivations. I suppose it makes sense this would drag
on the 21st August, 2019 at 1:34am
60m is absolutely nothing to a company like Suning, they make that in a week. We also record no loss at all due to having him for so many years. You think its coincidence that as soon as FFP ends, we spend 50m and then 70m amongst other buys and are still looking at another big purchase? Inter either gets what they want or he rots on the bench. Who do you think is going to be more affected, icardi's career or inter's bench lol he needs to make the right decision for his own career.
on the 21st August, 2019 at 12:41am
Icardi will go to Court, win and leave on a free transfer to Juventus and Inter the team will lose a buttload of money because of Inter the cry babies in the changeroom. To avoid the risk of losing 60 million in a transfer fee just kiss the Wancardi ring, swallow your pride and bow down - it's 60 million we are talking about !
on the 20th August, 2019 at 7:45pm
Somewhere, Maxi Lopez is sitting on a couch or sunbathing on beach, smiling or even laughing hard.
Only few words outta his mouth : "Ain't karma a b**ch !"
on the 20th August, 2019 at 6:07pm
I hope he makes a move to Napoli, as they really need that classical striker who can finish. Clearly Insigne isn't that, and Mertens while very good, would be even better with an actual striker to partner with. Spending the year at Inter on the bench behind Lukaku, Sanchez and Martinez doesn't make sense, especially since Conte would rather lose with his players, than win with players he doesn't like.
on the 20th August, 2019 at 6:02pm
Icardi has two options - go to napoli as its actually suited all parties involved and another is to go to any premier league clubs most suitably chelsea. Otherwise its a shared conundrum between inter and icardi states of wanda........
on the 20th August, 2019 at 5:55pm
Inter should just pay Icardi the contract and set him free, ban him and Wanda from San Siro. Episode over, next chapter
on the 20th August, 2019 at 5:17pm
Icardi's biggest problem is that he is henpecked. He needs to put his foot down and put Wanda in her place.
on the 20th August, 2019 at 3:08pm
You will see how people will chant his name as soon as Conte and Lukaku fail to deliver results... People are not appreciative, they forget very quickly, we've already seen it
on the 20th August, 2019 at 2:45pm
With this rumours concerning Milik as commodity to trade, anybody asked Arek if he's willing to move??
on the 20th August, 2019 at 1:42pm
Wanda is not considering what it`s best for his husband, she is just a golddigger. So who cares what would make sense from a footballing perspective for him? She does not want to move south or in other country, so Icardi will obey. How could anyone be a captain of such a prestigious club when they cannot lead in their own household? Toxic influence must be removed, there is no way back after turning your back on the club.
on the 20th August, 2019 at 1:09pm
Pig can not coach period.
Napoli are a small club period.
Laurentiis is the meanest person in the world period.
Why u want to join?
on the 20th August, 2019 at 10:22am
Napoli is an ideal location for Wanda and her husband Icardi.
on the 20th August, 2019 at 9:56am
Let him rot. This is why I don't get shirts with just any name on it. I miss the likes of Zanetti. What a captain. What a professional. What a person.
on the 20th August, 2019 at 9:49am
Icardi's been the best finisher in Italy for years, but things just keep getting worse for him.

It's hard to know if he's delaying things or if potential buyers are just waiting will the end of the window in an attempt to save money - or both.

A settled Icardi at Napoli could be explosive, and he's well capable of hitting 30 goals a season there with the service he'd be getting.

But unless his head is right and his agent matures, then he could end up a spent force.
on the 20th August, 2019 at 9:17am
Both Napoli and Icardi need each other. He has to come to Napoli. Nothing else makes sense.
on the 20th August, 2019 at 8:13am
Sigh. As an Inter fan, it pains me for it to end like this... Who am I kidding? It hasn't even ended. Icardi is a boy being managed by a woman, it's a disaster.
Their ego is way bigger than they hope for his career to ever be. Icardi seems bent on staying on to hurt the club, not realising that his career is quickly going down a drain.
Juve have expressed interest, but are yet to officially table an offer. They seemed to want to mess with Inter's market plans by telling him to stay put but...
on the 20th August, 2019 at 4:50am
He is coming to us and we will send Dybala to them. Its a no brainer and both clubs will be able to record huge financial gains on their balance sheet. Only reason we won't do it is because Marotta got one over Paratici with Lukaku and he doesn't want to look weak again. Didn't want Lukaku at Juve but we went all in offering Dybala and lost. Inter is going to be a real challenger this year, can't wait to finally have some competition in the league!
on the 20th August, 2019 at 1:34am

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