Monday September 2 2019
Report: Icardi has signed for PSG

There are reports Mauro Icardi has completed his move to Paris Saint-Germain on loan with option to buy, having first extended his Inter contract.

The new deal to 2022 with the Nerazzurri was an essential step, as it was due to expire in June 2021 and that would’ve left them at risk of losing him as a free agent.

After that was worked out in an overnight summit, he flew out with Wanda Nara in a private jet from Milan to Paris.

The striker had his medical at the American Hospital in Neuilly, while wife and agent Wanda Nara visited the PSG headquarters to work out the final details of the contracts.

There are differing reports on the exact details, as Sky Sport Italia claim it is a loan for €5m with option to buy at the end of the season for around €65m, with the player earning €7.5m per season.

On the other hand, Sportitalia suggest the loan itself is free, with PSG covering the improved €7.5m salary, and option to buy for €70m.

The 26-year-old Argentine came up through the Barcelona academy, but moved to Sampdoria in January 2011, then was purchased by Inter for €13m in the summer of 2013.

Icardi has a sensational scoring record in Serie A, with 121 goals in 219 games, but his rapport with Inter broke down completely over the last six months.

It started in February when he was suddenly stripped of the captaincy for reasons that have never entirely been clarified, then immediately claimed he had a knee injury.

Even after a month of treatment and the medical staff insisting there were no physical issues, he refused to train and only ‘recovered’ sufficiently after his agent and lawyer had lengthy negotiations with the club.

When the season ended, Icardi was told in private and publicly that he was not in their plans and should find a new club, but he rejected every transfer and last week took legal action against Inter, demanding €1.5m compensation and to be put back into full training sessions.

His lawyer made clear that if Icardi did join another club in the transfer window, then the lawsuit would be dropped.