PSG agree 50m deal to sign Icardi from Inter
Paris Saint-Germain agrees a deal to keep Mauro Icardi permanently from Internazionale. The Ligue 1 Champions are set to secure the forward permanently after his loan spell at the Parc de Princes.
The Argentinian striker has spent the season on loan at PSG. However, the clubs have agreed a deal worth €50m (£45m), plus €7m in add-ons, to make the transfer permanent.
The change in fee may be an indication of the effect that coronavirus will have on the summer transfer market. PSG, who had earlier negotiated a clause to buy Icardi for €70m. However, the ongoing financial uncertainty in European football means that more prices will drop significantly lower.
The Inter sporting director, Piero Ausilio, said earlier on Friday: “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. Although, he later fell out with the club’s hierarchy and fans and it was unlikely he would return to the club after joining PSG on loan last year.
At PSG he has scored 12 goals in 20 Ligue 1 games. He also bagged five goals in six Champions League matches. The French league winners are through to the last eight of the competition.
Ausilio also said he expected Alexis Sánchez, who is on loan from Manchester United, to stay for the rest of the season. He believes the Chile international can “show what he can do” after been injured for large parts of the campaign.