The Mauro Icardi saga is nearing its conclusion with a new report revealing that the striker will likely remain in the Paris Saint-Germain squad following his season-long loan.
Julien Laurens of ESPN writes today that talks between PSG and Inter Milan have accelerated and that Icardi’s wife and agent, Wanda Icardi, has been negotiating the deal with the Ligue 1 champions while pressuring the Serie A side to accept a discounted price for the 27-year-old goal scorer.
When Icardi joined PSG last summer, his loan included a €70 million option to buy at the end of the season. That was before the coronavirus had a devastating financial impact on football clubs around Europe, including PSG.
The current situation led to Leonardo, PSG’s sporting director, to try and negotiate a discount originally thought to be €50 million upfront and €10 million in add-ons. That offer was reportedly rejected.
According to Laurens, PSG and Inter are close to agreeing on a transfer fee of €55 million to €60 million depending on bonuses that are expected to be included in the final deal. Negotiations are expected to continue throughout the week but Laurens writes that PSG are confident Icardi will remain in Paris.
In terms of the contract, ESPN reports that Wanda Icardi has worked out a four-year deal with PSG worth €10 million per year.
If this news comes to fruition, it all but ends the possibility of Edinson Cavani signing an extension to remain in the French capital. PSG’s all-time leading scorer will be looking for a new home at the end of the season.
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