Chelsea are reportedly preparing to open talks with PSG for Mauro Icardi, as Thomas Tuchel seeks a backup striker.

According to journalist Ekrem Konur, Chelsea are set to open talks over a move for Mauro Icardi from PSG, as the Blues push to sign a centre-forward in January as Thomas Tuchel searches for a reliable backup for Romelu Lukaku.

Chelsea have a real shortage of strikers. Lukaku’s signing was seen as solving a complicated jigsaw, and the Belgian started delivering right away. However, a recent goal drought has seen the striker go without scoring for several games running.

Meanwhile, Timo Werner has proven to be unreliable and Tuchel seems to be slowly losing trust in his compatriot. The former RB Leipzig star has continued his trend of profligacy since last season, missing rather easy chances. While the manager considers Lukaku’s position unquestionable, a reliable backup to the Belgian is now being sought.

Journalist Ekrem Konur is claiming that Mauro Icardi is the answer Chelsea are seeking, and his report claims that the west Londoners are prepared to open talks over a deal. He tweeted that the Blues could negotiate with the Parisians for the former Inter Milan man, who might already be considered out of favour at the French capital.

The signing of Lionel Messi in the summer has rendered Icardi a backup option, limited to sporadic appearances, mostly off the bench. Despite that, the 28-year-old Argentine has played in 11 games across all competitions, mostly as a substitute, scoring three goals in the process.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino has seemingly preferred the attacking talents of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Messi and Angel Di Maria in a front four. Icardi, who was signed permanently from Inter for £45 million, finds his place under increasing threat, with an exit reportedly on the cards.

The mention of Chelsea is rather surprising given the recent links to Newcastle United, who are one of the richest clubs in the world after their Saudi-based takeover. The links with Chelsea might be stemming due to Tuchel’s prior experience working with the Argentine striker during his tenure as PSG’s manager.

Icardi could prove a smart signing for Tuchel and Chelsea. The Argentine thrives on good service and can produce goals in plenty. A traditional centre-forward with a key eye for goal, he could prove to be a reliable backup to Lukaku at Chelsea.

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