The European transfer window has finally closed and there was no shortage of movement in the final few days for Argentine players. While the Mauro Icardi saga finally coming to an end with the centre forward switching Milan for Paris dominated the headlines, Icardi wasn’t the only one on the move.
The circus around Mauro Icardi ultimately proved too much for Inter Milan and after six years at San Siro, the 26-year-old eventually got his move.
Frozen out by new coach Antonio Conte, courted by a number of clubs with wife and agent Wanda speaking publicly about potential transfers and an increasingly messy breakup that led to reports of Icardi taking legal action against the club, a move to Paris Saint-Germain was the almost inevitable conclusion.
A season-long loan was agreed on deadline day after Icardi had signed a two-year contract extension at Inter but with the Nerazzurri simply aiming to protect their asset, the assumption will be that PSG use the option to make the move permanent for a reported €65 million.
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— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) September 2, 2019
“I will give everything to help my new team go as far as possible in all competitions,” Icardi said.
“Paris St-Germain has become an international 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.”
With 124 goals in 219 appearances for Inter no one could question Icardi’s quality on the pitch though the baggage that arrives with the 26-year-old is equally undeniable.
From his gossip column-fodder marriage to wife Wanda to feuds with Inter’s ultras it is easy to see why the relationship with Inter, where Icardi is among the club’s leading goalscorers, broke down.
PSG acquire a centre-forward who has the potential to score freely in Ligue 1 but whether it helps land the Champions League is a long shot. How does Icardi fit in to Thomas Tuchel’s side? Is having Mauro and Wanda at the same club as Neymar and his father a recipe for disaster? Does Icardi even want the move permanently,after all the Argentinian looked pretty keen to remain in Milan?
All will be revealed this season but the drama will surely not have helped Icardi’s international chances. Always viewed as a problematic influence and as a result yet to play at a major tournament, hopes of representing La Albiceleste could be diminishing.
Meet Marcos! 🤝
— Feyenoord Rotterdam (@Feyenoord) September 2, 2019
Away from the Icardi soap opera, Marcos Senesi made the leap to Europe after making his tearful goodbye to San Lorenzo following the weekend win over Unión.
Feyenoord concluded lengthy negotiations to agree a fee in the region of €7 million for the 22-year-old centre back and having broken their transfer record to bring in Senesi will be expecting big things.
The Eredivisie club’s gain is certainly San Lorenzo’s loss and with Los Cuervos sitting top of the Superliga it is an inopportune time to lose Senesi. A former Argentina under-20 captain, Senesi has formed a solid central defensive pairing with veteran Fabricio Coloccini and will be hoping to push his way into Lionel Scaloni’s plans at some point given the dearth of options for La Albiceleste.
A good reader of the game, positionally sound and comfortable on the ball, Senesi is quick into the challenge to steal possession and excellent in the air with the room for further development in the Netherlands.
As is Lisandro Martínez, who completed his move from Defensa y Justicia to Ajax much earlier in the window. The 21-year-old is already impressing in Amsterdam with his energy to win the ball and ease in possession and as a result pushed a much earlier signing down the pecking order – Lisandro Magallán departing Ajax on deadline day for Alavés.
While the money paid for Nicolás Tagliafico and Lisandro Martínez always looked astute, the €9 million paid for Lisandro Magallán appeared a little over the odds and the 25-year-old has struggled since arriving in Amsterdam.
The former Boca defender was a long-term target for Ajax and even after a move collapsed a year earlier, the Dutch club weren’t put off. Physically strong and good in the air, Magallán was a solid if unspectacular part of the Boca side. Lacking pace, positionally suspect and certainly not as suited to the possession-based football of Ajax as new signing Martínez, the former under-20 international will be hoping that Alavés is the club to reestablish himself.
So too will Emiliano Rigoni as the pacy forward moved on loan to Sampdoria from Zenit St. Petersburg.
The 26-year-old signed a season-long loan at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris with a €10 million obligation to buy if Rigoni makes a certain number of appearances.
— U.C. Sampdoria (@sampdoria) September 2, 2019
Rigoni has been with Zenit for two years since his transfer from Independiente and despite making his Argentina debut shortly after that it’s been a stuttering career to date in Europe.
The first half of last season was spent on loan at Atalanta, where Rigoni scored three goals in twelve appearances, but a permanent deal never transpired and El Rayo returned to Zenit to help the club lift the Russian league title.
Quick, direct and good off both feet Rigoni will be hoping that his second stint in Serie A will be more successful and could push him back into Argentina recognition.
Rigoni will likely need to make a quick impression in Italy to catch Lionel Scaloni’s eye but for Maximiliano Lovera that remains someway off despite moving to Olympiacos.
— Olympiacos FC (@olympiacosfc) August 31, 2019