Paris Saint-Germain are prepared to go over Thomas Tuchel’s head and match the €70m clause in Mauro Icardi’s loan contract which will see him permanently leave Inter.
Icardi has made 31 appearances for Paris Saint-Germain this season, scoring 20 goals and picking up four assists, but the Argentina international appears to have fallen out of favour under Tuchel and last started a match on 15 February.
Even if Tuchel isn’t convinced, PSG’s decision-makers apparently are. Corriere dello Sport reports the French champions will activate their €70m purchase option once the transfer window opens later in the year.
Incredibly, they suggest the deal hasn’t been run by Tuchel, which Corriere also suggests is a sign the former Borussia Dortmund boss will not stay in the dugout in the French capital next season.
There has been some debate around a possible clause which could allow Icardi to veto a move to Paris, however, as the striker’s camp have hinted they’re interested in looking at options elsewhere and maybe even back in Italy.
Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo have linked Real Madrid and long-term suitors Juventus with a possible move for Icardi at the end of the season, with both clubs confident a €70m transfer fee would be a fair price.
PSG will still be in the driving seat when it comes to convincing Icardi over his future, as the 27-year-old will be the club’s only recognised striker next season.
Edinson Cavani will leave Paris on a free transfer ahead of the 2020/21 campaign, but in Madrid and Turin, Icardi would still have to compete with the likes of Karim Benzema, Gonzalo Higuaín or Cristiano Ronaldo.
There’s no doubt Icardi’s future will be a major talking point of the upcoming transfer window, but with football still on hold due to the coronavirus outbreak, fans will have to wait a little longer before any real concrete news comes out about the Argentine’s next move.