Paris Saint-Germain confirmed the signing of Mauro Icardi on Sunday after agreeing a €50 million fee with Inter Milan. The 27-year-old centre forward has been with PSG since September on loan and has now made the switch permanent with the French champions making use of their buy-out option.
Icardi scored 20 goals in 31 matches in all competitions before picking up a Ligue 1 winners’ medal with the French season ended early due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The Argentina international (eight caps), who also holds an Italian passport, has signed a four-year deal with the capital club until 30 June 2024. The Rosario-born player is the 16th Argentinian player in the history of PSG, ” the club said in a statement.
Mauro Icardi signs Paris Saint-Germain contract until 30 June 2024
Paris Saint-Germain are delighted to announce the signing of Mauro Icardi on a permanent deal, following the striker’s loan from Inter Milan during the 2019-2020 season.https://t.co/fynMzu5Uw6 pic.twitter.com/3M48PSsXHh
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) May 31, 2020
After an electric start to life in Paris, scoring nine in his first ten league appearances, Icardi’s form had dipped to three in the next nine, but with Edinson Cavani’s contract expiring on June 30th and Icardi’s consistent record of scoring goals, PSG’s decision to spend €50 million on a striker touted for far greater sums only a year ago was a relatively simple one.
Inter added in a statement of their own: “FC Internazionale Milano announces the transfer of Mauro Icardi to Paris Saint-Germain FC: the striker, born in 1993, has permanently moved to the French club.
“The club thanks the player for the six seasons he spent with us and wishes him the best for his future professional career.”
And while the gratitude is genuine, Icardi’s departure will be bitter-sweet. A healthy profit on a player signed from Sampdoria in 2013 and who had burned his bridges at the club but the loss of a player who has provided plenty on the pitch for the Nerazzurri during a difficult period.
121 – In his period in Italy (since 2012/13 to 2018/19), Mauro #Icardi scored 121 goals, more than any other player in #SerieA. Adieu. pic.twitter.com/kp3Xb7qej1
— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) May 31, 2020