It was the best resolution that Inter could have hoped for. Former captain Mauro Icardi has been sent on season-long loan to Paris Saint-Germain, with the French side having the option to make the deal permanent next summer for a reported €70m.
Inter have wanted to move Icardi all summer, and for most of the transfer window it looked like he was going to Napoli or Juventus, Inter’s two big rivals for the Scudetto this season. Instead ship Icardi out of Serie A, where he cannot come back and haunt the club twice a year.
“FC Internazionale Milano announces that Mauro Icardi has joined Paris Saint-Germain. The Argentine forward has signed for the French club on an initial year-long loan with the option to make the deal permanent at the end of this period.
“Simultaneously, Icardi has reached an agreement with FC Internazionale Milano to extend his contract until 30 June 2022.”
To help the deal go through Inter gave Icardi a contract extension with Inter first, from 2021 to 2022, which protects the Nerazzurri from the possibility of losing him as a free agent if PSG don’t purchase outright.
Sky Sport Italia point to it being a loan for €5m, plus a €7m plus bonuses salary paid by PSG, with option to buy for another €65m next summer.
If PSG activate the option to buy, his wages will leap up to €10m per season for the next four years.
Looking through our twitter feed, Inter fans seemed split on the departure of Icardi.
There are some who say that Inter should have tried to keep a striker who has scored 121 goals in 219 games in Serie A. There are others who say that his refusal to train and play for four months last season can never be forgiven.
Whichever side you are on, Icardi is gone and it is up to Lukaku, Sanchez and Martínez to pick up the goals that Icardi contributed. How well they do that will determine not only the success of this deal, but Inter’s season.