Paris Saint-Germain has completed the signing of Mauro Icardi on a season-long loan from Inter Milan with a purchase option, the club has confirmed.
The Argentina international has extended his contract with the Seria A club before joining PSG on a season-long loan that includes the option of a permanent transfer for around €70 million.
The 26-year-old slipped out of service with Inter and is not part of coach Antonio Conte’s plans for this season, despite 111 goals in 188 Serie A appearances for the Nerazzurri.
The striker flew out with his wife and agent Wanda Nara in a private jet from Milan to Paris on Monday and underwent his medical examinations before completing his Parc des Princes transfer switch.
After putting pen to paper on his contract Icardi said: “I’d like to thank Paris Saint-Germain for the confidence they have shown in me, I will give everything to help my new team go as far as possible in all competitions.”
He added: “Paris Saint-Germain has become a global football powerhouse, attracting some of the greatest players in recent years. The momentum is strong in Paris, ambitions are high and I am sure that we have everything here to go even further. And I’m really looking forward to playing at the Parc des Princes, a stadium famous for its beauty and passion!”
There are rumours about the exact details of the transfer deal as per Sky Sport Italia claim it is a loan for €5m with an 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 suggested the loan itself is free, with PSG covering the improved €7.5m salary, and option to buy for €70m.
PSG have been scouting for a striker in order to replace Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe whose recently injured during their Ligue 1 match against Toulouse, and the injuries could restrict them out of their Champions League Group A opener at home to Real Madrid.
And Neymar, on the other hand, was expected to leave PSG this summer after all the transfer saga, he was heavily linked with a move back to his former club Barcelona but the move broke down due to lack of transfer agreement between the two teams.
Nevertheless, the Brazil international is not a short-term answer to that dilemma as he is suspended for the first half of the tournament group stage for his insulting officials after last season’s axe by Manchester United in the Round of 16.
Icardi started from Barcelona academy, but moved to Sampdoria in January 2011, then was purchased by Inter for €13m in the summer of 2013, he went to contribute 121 goals in 219 appearances in all competition.
It all began in February this year when he was suddenly removed as the team captain for reasons that have never been fully clarified, then immediately declared he had a knee injury.
When the season ended, Icardi made known in secret and publicly that he’s not part of their plans and should find a new club, he declined every transfer offer and last week took lawful action against Inter, demanding €1.5m compensation and to be put back into full training sessions.
His lawyer made clear that if Icardi secures another club in the transfer window, then the claim would be dismissed.
Icardi kept declaring that his desire is to stay and compete for his place, Inter has been determined to let him and his wife Wanda Nara understand that they have to be sold.