Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) are reportedly keen to sign Argentine striker Mauro Icardi on a permanent deal worth €70m in January.
According to PSG sporting director Leonardo, Icardi is a perfect signing for the club and the French side will love to buy the Argentine sensation permanently.
The 26-year-old joined PSG from Serie A club Inter Milan on a season-long loan on deadline day this summer after six years at the San Siro. But his wife and agent Wanda Nara would actually prefer a move to a different top club like Real Madrid or Barcelona.
New Inter manager Antonio Conte had made it clear that Icardi was not part of his plans after he signed Romelu Lukaku from Manchester United. Lukaku was handed Icardi’s No. 9 shirt because the manager prefers the Belgian striker as his first choice ahead of Icardi.
Also, his (Icardi) relationship with Inter chiefs and their fans went sour. Icardi was stripped of the captaincy in February and did not feature again until April 3. The striker reportedly sued Inter for discrimination and wanted “€1.5 million in damages and to be allowed back into the first-team fold.
While he was at Inter, he scored 124 goals in 219 games, including a sensational 2017/18 season where he scored 29 goals in 34 Serie A games.
Since arriving at PSG, Icardi has been brilliant for the Ligue 1 side, scoring seven goals in nine games this season. In September, Icardi spoke about his desire to succeed in the French capital.
He said: “I am going to give my heart and soul to help my new team go as far as possible in all the competitions. PSG has become a stronghold in world football… I thank PSG for their confidence in me.”
There is no doubt that Icardi’s permanent move to PSG will boost Thomas Tuchel’s already formidable forward line consisting of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Edison Cavani.