Mauro Icardi has joined PSG in the transfer deadline day on a season-long loan.
Icardi’s troubled time at Inter has finally come to an end. He has now sealed a transfer deadline day deal to move to PSG on a season-long loan. For the loan move to happen, Icardi had to sign a one-year contract extension with Inter. The loan deal also has an option for PSG to buy the 26-year-old for €70million.
PSG have also secured the move of three-time Champions League winner Keylor Navas from Real Madrid in the transfer deadline day. The deal also saw Alphonse Areola move in the opposite direction on a season-long loan. PSG were by far the busiest club in the transfer deadline day.
Mauro Icardi arrived at Inter from Sampdoria in the summer of 2013. He has scored 111 Serie A goals and 124 goals in all competitions to be eighth on the club’s all-time list. But due to some controversies, he was stripped of the Inter captaincy last season and has been told to surplus to requirements by new head coach Antonio Conte this season. So Icardi chose to continue his career elsewhere.
Icardi told PSG TV: “I’m very happy, delighted. It’s a major step in my career, and a great opportunity to join a top club like Paris Saint-Germain. I hope to live great things here. Being able to play alongside these very talented players is amazing. The decision was easy to make, I’ve come to Paris because I wanted to play with them.
I know the Argentines obviously, and I know [Edinson] Cavani. And I have met Neymar Jr. I am proud to become their team-mate. I am a striker, I like to score goals. It’s going to be great to play upfront with the amazing attacking players that are in this squad.”
He further added: “It’s always special to play against rivals. This is what makes football so great. I have played against Juve, Milan, these are major games. I am looking forward to playing these games in France now.
I never played at the Parc des Princes, it will be a first for me. I will be able to tell you what it’s like then!”
PSG are currently atop of the Ligue 1 table. Icardi will join the club after the international break and hope to bring his career back in track, away from all the controversies.
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