Mauro Icardi Joins PSG from Inter on Loan with Option to Buy

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IISeptember 2, 2019

MILAN, ITALY - MAY 26:  Mauro Emanuel Icardi of FC Internazionale looks dejected during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and Empoli FC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 26, 2019 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)
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Paris Saint-Germain announced on Monday that Mauro Icardi has completed a deadline-day move from Inter Milan to the Ligue 1 champions:

The Argentine has left the San Siro after six years with the Serie A club and joined Thomas Tuchel's side on loan with an option to buy.

Get French Football News shared the details of the transfer:

Inter also confirmed that Icardi has agreed to extend his current Inter contract until 2022, per the club's official website.

The 26-year-old will wear the No. 18 shirt at the Parc des Princes:

Icardi's move brings an end to a summer of speculation concerning the former Inter Milan captain. He was stripped of the captaincy in February and did not feature again until April 3.

The striker also announced his intention to sue Inter for discrimination and wanted "€1.5 million (£1.38 million) in damages and to be allowed back into the first-team fold," per Daniella Matar of the Associated Press.

New Inter manager Antonio Conte made it clear in July that Icardi was not part of his plans after replacing Luciano Spalletti as manager, per Marca.

"His situation is clear, as were the club," he said. "He's not part of the project. The market is still open and we're evaluating the players to sell and to sign."

Inter went on to strengthen their attack in the summer by bringing in attackers Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez from Manchester United. Lukaku was handed Icardi's No. 9 shirt.

On the pitch, Icardi has been a prolific presence for Inter since joining the club from Sampdoria in 2013, as highlighted by Squawka Football:

However, the striker has also been a disruptive presence who is no stranger to controversy.

Football writer Kieran Canning offered his view:

Yet Icardi will now aim to reproduce his goalscoring form at PSG and has spoken about his desire to succeed in the French capital:

There is no doubt that Icardi's arrival will boost PSG's attacking options. The club are currently without Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe due to injury, and there are fears the duo could miss PSG's opening UEFA Champions League group game against Real Madrid, per BBC Sport.

The club will also be without Neymar for their first three games in Europe's elite competition due to suspension:

Neymar's future at the club also remains uncertain. He was linked with a return to Barcelona throughout the summer, and the Catalan giants are expected to renew their interest in 2020, according to Joaquim Piera at Sport.

Icardi will be hoping his move to PSG can reignite his career, and he could prove to be the successor to 32-year-old Cavani.

In the meantime, Tuchel needs to get the best out of his new arrival and find a way of incorporating him into an already formidable forward line consisting of Mbappe, Neymar and Cavani.

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