Icardi set for Chelsea as Liverpool eye Pjanic to replace Gerrard

Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi is lined up by Chelsea to replace their legendary striker Didier Drogba but Juventus hope to keep him in Italy and Manchester United are keen to sign the 21-year-old Argentine too.  

Chelsea remain favorites though and they are even prepared to sell Loic Remy after one season to make way for Icardi who Blues boss Jose Mourinho prefers as backup to Diego Costa.  

United do not have many options up front at the moment. Wayne Rooney is strangely being used in midfield by Louis van Gaal. Radamel Falcao has not impressed and Robin van Persie is off form, possibly past his prime at only 31.  

Icardi has scored 15 times this season – including four in his last five. That places him behind only Carlos Tevez in the Serie A scoring chart. 

Icardi will cost at least $45 million and Inter are resigned to losing him this summer and already seeking a replacement.  

Despite Icardi’s form, Inter are languishing in mid-table and look unlikely to qualify for Europe next season through a league place. 

They face Celtic in the Europa League on Thursday. 

Meanwhile, Liverpool are prepared to pay a club record fee of $50 million for Miralem Pjanic from Roma as the replacement for Steven Gerrard. 

Liverpool want the Bosnian midfielder to replace their legendary skipper following Brendan Rodgers’ trip to the Italian capital. 

A weekly salary of over $200,000 will make Pjanic, 24, the top earner at Anfield. There is no doubt in Rodgers’ mind that Pjanic will be a good fit but the Liverpool directors are reluctant to pay the asking price and value him more at $30 million.  

Two other Roma midfielders are also on Rodgers’ radar, Radja Nainggolan, 26, and Adem Ljajic, 23.