Tuesday September 3 2019
Icardi saga finally over, or is it?

Mauro Icardi left it to the last second to quit Inter for Paris Saint-Germain and Emmet Gates wonders how long it’ll last.

In population terms (within city walls), Paris is Europe’s fifth largest city. The French capital is home to some 2.2m people and yesterday that number increased, as Mauro Icardi and wife/agent Wanda Nara decided to move their polarising spectacle to the city of art, fashion and PSG.

Icardi’s transfer to the French champions ended months of internal wrangling, wishful declarations of intent and potential legal ramifications between the striker and Inter.

The Icardi saga hung over the Italian transfer window for the entirety of the summer, like a dark cloud that simply wouldn’t disappear, with multiple deals contingent on whether Inter could persuade him to finally leave the club he genuinely loved. Inter remained steadfast in their position that his time at the club was over, and that, as fellow exile Radja Nainggolan later testified, there would be no second chances, no redemption. Icardi was done at Inter.

Icardi, whether through some utopian dream he had or just borne out of wistful thinking, refused to leave Inter, even going as far as to initiate legal action in the hope of being reintegrated into the squad, citing that he was a victim of mobbing by the Inter hierarchy.

Inter, for once employing a competent director in the shape of Beppe Marotta, knew this maneuver might’ve been a possibility, and so conducted everything by the book, covering themselves. Whilst it can’t be said for certain, but in all likelihood Icardi was informed that he had little legal ground to stand on, and indeed Inter hadn’t deprived him of anything except his preferred shirt number.

In many respects, Icardi’s stance was admirable. He loved Inter, and didn’t particularly want to leave, in an era where players get upset for not having their birthday recognised by their clubs, Icardi remained, publicly at least, level-headed throughout the affair. Players of his undoubted quality have departed clubs for lesser transgressions.

But does PSG represent what’s best for Icardi’s career? It remains to be seen. From a purely sporting perspective, the move most suitable would’ve been to Napoli, who made concerted efforts to sign him all summer.

Carlo Ancelotti has long since felt that Napoli waste too many chances during games, and an attack spearheaded by Icardi, with Lorenzo Insigne, Jose Callejon and Chucky Lozano providing, would’ve been a perfect fit. But Icardi viewed Napoli as a sideways step. If he was going to leave Milan, it was reported he was only interested in Turin or Paris.

How will Icardi fit into a side containing Kylian Mbappé, Edinson Cavani and Neymar? You imagine he will rotate with Cavani, now 32, in Thomas Tuchel’s 4-3-3. Is that a situation that Icardi will be content with?

The most important issue is, can the egos of both he and Neymar co-exist? Is the city of Paris big enough to cope with not just Neymar and his gang of enablers and friends, but with the controversial Wanda/Icardi sideshow, and all the inevitable hoopla that follows? Maybe that was the point, to show Neymar he can’t command all the attention himself.

Icardi has the quality to easily score 20-25 goals in Ligue 1, given the ocean-size disparity between PSG and the rest of the league. However, you suspect that PSG, come the end of the season, may reject the opportunity to sign him on a permanent basis for €65m, if history shows signs of repeating itself at the Parc des Princes.

One thing is certain; we can expect fireworks, both on and off the field.

Have your say...
@worthless: everybody in Italy knows that Napoli is not such a nice place to live in. Have you ever been? There is trash everywhere... Icardi proved he wanted juBentus by rejecting Napoli, if anything. At least the club managed to get €5m for his loan, unlike with the Radja case. I`m very happy how Marotta handled this situation and gave him to the mercenaries - where he deserves to be. Hopefully P$G will just pay the amount (which is really low, considering his market value) and make him stay.
on the 6th September, 2019 at 8:17am
I've never been to Paris but I've heard the locals are rude, arrogant and self-centered...Icardi and Co should fit right in!
on the 4th September, 2019 at 1:07pm
For me this goes further than football, a guy (and we can add many others) on an annual salary most people will not achieve in a lifetime, a hero to fans and supposed to be a role model for children, acts like a spoiled child. Where do the Icardashians go from here? reality TV in a few years?
on the 4th September, 2019 at 6:03am
If you love Inter you dont have secret meetings to organise a move to Juventus, feign injury for 6 weeks when there are few other options or threaten to sue for what everyone recognised was not a valid reason. The saga may start again next summer, but if he starts acting like a 2 year old again, Inter can ensure he sits on the bench and misses WC 2022 (I dont suppose he would make the squad anyway)
on the 4th September, 2019 at 5:58am
I'm just waiting for the videos of the 12-13 men bang-bang videos of Nara with PSG players as Icardi watches on and feels happy with the money he earns.

Will reshare the uTorrent links, ciao.
on the 4th September, 2019 at 4:22am
PSG is perfect for him. a mercenary money club for a now mercenary player.
Yes I agree he’s most likely safety net for Neymar...but I’m still surprised he didn’t choose Napoli as I see them really empowering one another,and giving hope to Napoli going far in CL, and push Juve to limit. Even Roma would have been interesting. Yet I’m feel Justice for Inter as he ruined the clubs end of season run, and glad any Serie A club didn’t take risk with his ego.
on the 4th September, 2019 at 2:19am
He's building a brand new home in Milano. I can't see him being at PSG longer then the loan spell, and then to Juventus next summer.
on the 3rd September, 2019 at 9:22pm
Next step for Mauro will be locomotive.
In Moscow.
on the 3rd September, 2019 at 8:35pm
PSG know they have to offload Neymar, but in the time in takes to orchestrate a deal, he'll sulk and either refuse to play or get benched. Icardi is just an extra bit of insurance to get through such a scenario this campaign.
on the 3rd September, 2019 at 8:15pm
Not sure why PSG would take Icardi on top of all the drama they have with Neymar. Also really not sure why Icardi didn't want to go and work with Ancelotti, and the chance to finally topple Juve... oh well guess we will see what he can do in France.
on the 3rd September, 2019 at 8:05pm
we all know that PSG won't pay 65 mill to buy this guy out, so this saga starts all over again next summer !
on the 3rd September, 2019 at 7:23pm
I really liked Icardi.. could have hold legendary status at’s strange seeing him in different jersey.. but the biggest mistake he did was ,he thought he was bigger than the club and that is not acceptable... have to say Wanda really ruined this
on the 3rd September, 2019 at 6:29pm

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