Stop me if you've heard this one before, but Edin Dzeko might leave Roma and he might sign with Juventus. And if this happens, another high profile, sort of sulky wantaway striker might take his place in the capital. Where this story once ensnared players like Gonzalo Higuain, Arkadiusz Milik, or, I don't know, George Best (we've been dealing with these rumors for a long time after all), this convoluted transfer web has once again captured Mauro Icardi.
According to La Repubblica, the PSG striker could join José Mourinho in Roma if Edin Dzeko finally completes his long-rumored move to Juventus, one that seems to be gaining traction again now that Max Allegri is back in charge at the Allianz Stadium. While they don't get too deep in the weeds, La Repubblica reports that contact has been made between Roma and Icardi's wife/agent, Wanda Nara.
Of course, the 28-year-old Argentinian striker is no stranger to Serie A fans, having carved up the league for eight seasons between 2011 and 2019, to the tune of 133 goals and 25 assists in all competitions. However, thanks to his somewhat bristling relationship with the Inter fan base, Icardi made an eventual €50 million move to PSG in the summer of 2019.
Facing stiff competition for touches, Icardi hasn't exactly overwhelmed Ligue 1 since then, but with 33 goals and seven assists in 55 appearances, his time in Paris hasn't been a complete waste. But at 28-years-old, Icardi is at his physical peak and likely wants to carve out a bigger role to reignite his career and boost his profile.
There are a lot of conjunctions and dependent clauses standing in the way of Icardi donning a Roma shirt, but if Dzeko finally fulfills his Juventus prophecy, it is widely speculated that Icardi could move to Roma on a two-year loan, after which the Giallorossi could purchase him from PSG for a cool €40 million.
Icardi to Roma would surely be a controversial move, and while he hasn't quite fit the bill with PSG, there's no denying his Serie A production, which was epic, and he just feels like a Mourinho player, doesn't he? (Don't answer that).
If Roma wants to finish the summer with a flourish, I can't think of a better move than this, which will definitely make Roma the center of the Serie A universe.