Chelsea tipped to beat Liverpool & Tottenham to signing of Inter forward

The Express have once again tipped Chelsea to sign Mauro Icardi.

Touted as a possible replacement for Didier Drogba, Inter Milan forward Icardi has been linked with the Blues several times in recent months.

Liverpool and Tottenham are also said to be interested in the 21-year-old Argentine.

The Daily Star say Chelsea are one of the clubs ‘on alert’ after Wilfried Bony reportedly told Swansea he wants to join a Champions League team.

And there is much speculation that Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi could be on his way to Stamford Bridge.

It comes after Messi began following Chelsea and some Blues players on Instagram, while his girlfriend is following the club on Twitter.

Meanwhile, speculation in the Italian media, subsequently picked up by the Evening Standard, suggests QPR are again looking to sign Yann M’Vila.

Rangers manager Harry Redknapp wanted the French midfielder two years ago but the club were unwilling to meet the player’s demands and M’Vila moved to Rubin Kazan.

He has since moved on loan to Inter Milan, where he has failed to make an impact, and it is claimed that the R’s have approached the Italian club about ending the season-long loan deal so they can have M’Vila with Adel Taarabt joining Inter in exchange.

There has been much speculation about Taarabt’s future as he attempts to secure a return to Italy.

Taarabt, who The Standard claim is on £65,000 a week, ended last season on loan at AC Milan but they have shown little interest in a permanent deal despite reports they could sign him.

Italian media reports have also linked QPR with former AC Milan forward Alexandre Pato.

The Brazil international, 25, spent five years with Milan and is currently on loan at Sao Pauo from Corinthians.

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