Herrera Calls Icardi a Top-3 Striker; Says Cavani Wants to Play in Spain

Ander Herrera and Mauro Icardi both arrived at Paris Saint-Germain last summer in what was one of the better transfer windows in recent club history.

Herrera’s 2019-20 campaign was riddled with various injuries and he’s yet to really make his mark in the French capital. Icardi got off to a blistering start following his loan from Inter Milan but once the calendar flipped to 2020, the 27-year-old striker faded a bit and the goals dried up.

Icardi’s inconsistency didn’t deter PSG and last Sunday, the club announced that they had signed him to a four-year deal after negotiating a reduced transfer fee of €50 million (plus bonuses) with Inter Milan.

This season, Icardi scored 20 goals in 31 appearances, and last December, he was statistically the best goal poacher in Europe.

Herrera, who only featured in 18 matches this season, had plenty of time to watch Icardi and in an interview with AS, he praised the club for signing Icardi.

“This is great news for the club, which ensures a top-3 striker for the next six or seven years, as he is still very young. He has scored goals, adapted very quickly and inside the area he is a beast and outside it, very practical and intelligent because he knows what his virtues and limitations are.”

The signing of Icardi means that PSG’s all-time leading scorer, Edinson Cavani, will likely depart the club at the end of the season when his contract expires. According to Herrera, Cavani only has eyes for one league in particular.

“I know that Cavani wants to play in Spain because it is a league and a country that he loves. In fact, he was wondering a lot, but since we left Paris I haven’t had the opportunity to talk to him and I don’t know his situation.”

With the UEFA Champions League and Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue finals being moved to August, there’s a good chance that Herrera will be fully fit and could play a major role as PSG tries to finish the season with a flurry of trophies.

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