When Leonardo manages to complete the arrival on loan (with option to buy € 50 million) of Mauro Icardi during the summer of 2019, observers welcome the initiative of the strong man in the recruitment of PSG. And the first Parisian season of the former Inter striker proves them right. Mobile, well placed, smart in his movements and always in the right moves, Icardi puts on goals like pearls whether in Ligue 1 or in the group stage of the Champions League during the first six dream months.
But for 16 months, the machine has damn stuck. Between a spleen that he does not hide, a lifestyle far from ideal for a high level athlete who will cause chronic overweight and repeated injuries, the Argentine is struggling. Almost not used during the Final 8 in Lisbon, he followed a second Parisian season at the same tempo as at the end of the previous one, namely at a pace unworthy of the caliber and reputation of such a player. Worse, he has a series of injuries and only plays five matches between September and December, being stolen from the number 9 place by Moise Kean, much sharper.
PSG do not want to keep Mauro Icardi … who does not want to stay
Internally, we are increasingly wondering about Icardi’s contribution. The arrival of Mauricio Pochettino on the bench in place of Thomas Tuchel will not change anything and apart from a few flashes in the Coupe de France (a hat-trick against Angers or a goal in the final against Monaco), the performance and performance of the The Argentine international are disastrous, like their ghostly match against Manchester City in the Champions League semi-final second leg in England.
Behind the scenes, Leonardo does not hide his desire to see a player leave who no longer wants to stay at PSG anyway. Icardi does not feel loved and respected enough, especially by Mauricio Pochettino with whom he had a good relationship at the start, but who did not show him enough support, especially at the end of the season. From then on, one of the player’s representatives with Wanda Nara, Gabriele Giuffrida met Leonardo a few days ago to discuss the future of Mauro Icardi. According to our information, Giuffrida has indicated to the Brazilian sporting director of PSG the desires of the Parisian n ° 9 elsewhere.
His companion Wanda Nara, who also manages his interests, wants at all costs to bring him back to Italy this summer and has already surveyed a few clubs, starting with Juventus. As for Gabriele Giuffrida, he surveys the English market in search of a stable capable of supporting his incredible salary (10 M € per year) and also a transfer which could reach 40 M €. Paris, who seeks to retain Moise Kean, will do nothing to retain him and say they are listening to any satisfactory offer. It must be said that the possibility of recovering a large sum associated with the economy of one of the biggest salaries in the locker room would not displease Leonardo. It remains to be seen who will try to revive the 28-year-old striker.