Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has warned Maurizio Sarri that Mauro Icardi would need time to adapt to life in the Premier League, if Chelsea made a move.
The Argentine striker has been heavily linked with a January move to Stamford Bridge as reports have suggested Sarri is desperate to add a world class forward to his front-line that is able to score 20-30 goals a season.
Icardi netted an impressive 29-last season for the Italian giants, so Sarri knows he would be getting a proven goal-scorer at the very highest level of the game.
But amidst all the speculation of a possible January deal, Hasselbaink has warned Sarri that Icardi would need time to adapt to the Premier League.
“I’d have to see Icardi in the Premier League first,” said Hasselbaink, speaking exclusively to 888sport.
“The Italian league is totally different.
“Obviously he’s a good player and has great potential but so many of the foreign stars come here and cannot cope with the physicality and pace of the Premier League.
“If he does come we’d have to be patient with him.”
Would Icardi be a good signing for Sarri?
Icardi is not even in his prime just yet and is scoring the kind of goals that would make him a superstar across Europe, so if we managed to beat off the likes of Juventus, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, they he would be the idea signing for Sarri.
£90 million is not a lot of money these days in the world of football, and considering he has many years left at the very top of the game, that could turn out to be a big bargain.