After reaching an agreement with Internazionale for Mauro Icardi, Paris Saint-Germain is set to land its first major summer signing.
The Argentine striker spent the season on loan at PSG and the clubs made a € 50 m (£45 m) deal, plus €7 m in add-ons, to make the transfer permanent.
PSG and Inter have ended negotiations on Mauro Icardi ‘s move. The Parisians have yet to agree with Icardi on the specifics, which should be an easier part of the job.
Mauro Icardi ‘s loan to PSG ends this summer, Inter doesn’t want to retain it, nor does he want to go back to Inter, and PSG wants to leave him. When all those components are combined, it is clear that there is likely to be an agreement between the stakeholders.
The price may be an indicator of the impact coronavirus would have on the market for a summer transfer. PSG had secured a €70 m purchase option for Icardi, but the current financial instability in European football means that the price would be considerably lower.
Earlier Friday, the Inter sporting director, Piero Ausilio, said: “Icardi wants to stay at PSG and we are in talks to make that happen.”
Icardi joined Inter in 2013 and was the joint top scorer in Serie A in 2015 with Luca Toni on 22 goals but later fell out with the club ‘s management and supporters and it was unlikely that he would return to the club after joining PSG on loan last year.
He has scored 12 goals in 20 Ligue 1 games at PSG and 5 times in six Champions League matches, significantly. The champions of the French league are through to the final eight of the competition.