PSG have signed Mauro Icardi on loan for the rest of the season.
When you write it down like that, it seems perfectly normal, exactly the sort of thing that a football club would do. But then you think about it for a second and you can’t conclude anything but that this is one of the maddest transfers we’ve ever seen.
The panel on this week’s Totally Football Show, European edition, did their best to explain what all involved were thinking.
“I don’t know [how it’s going to work],” said French football expert Julien Laurens. “PSG needed another striker because Edinson Cavani has been injured a lot in the last year, and he’s currently injured along with Kylian Mbappe. Cavani also only has a year left on his contract so there’s already maybe in Leonardo’s [PSG’s sporting director] mind the post-Cavani era.
“They play Real Madrid in a few weeks in the Champions League with no Neymar, who’s suspended, and maybe with Cavani and Mbappe only just coming back, and the idea of having [to play] Eric-Maxim Chupo-Moting is scary.
“Scary enough to bring Icardi, Wanda and all that clique to Paris.”
From the Italian side, Inter probably couldn’t believe their luck, as James Horncastle explained.
“It’s astounding, because one of the reasons for trying to move Neymar on was how bad his influence on the dressing room was. So they’re going to partner him with someone who’s leaving his club because Inter have decided enough’s enough. They don’t want anymore of the Icardi show.
“From Inter’s point of view, they are thrilled to find a potential buyer – potential because they only have an option to buy him for €65million at the end of the season. Inter are also looking to extend his contract, because at the end of next season he’s in the final year of his contract and they want to avoid the scenario where he runs his deal down and leaves for free, possibly to Juventus.
“But it’s flabbergasting. We’re coming off a week when it;’s been revealed that Icardi is suing Inter, seeking €1.5million in damages. His lawyer has said that if he gets a move, they will drop that legal action.”
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