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Atalanta to face their Doom ‘Neymar-Mbappe-Icardi’


By mid-February, supporters of Atalanta were growing rather fond of this new normal.

After decades on the fringes of Italian football, the Serie A club had muscled their way on to Europe’s top table. And in their maiden Champions League adventure, Gian Piero Gasperini’s ragtag squad made history.

They became the first team to lose their first three group games and still reach the knockout stage. All while playing the fearless, attacking football that has characterised this modern miracle.

And so on February 19, more than 40,000 supporters left the city of Bergamo and the wider region, travelling 35 miles to the San Siro — Atalanta’s adopted home — for their last-16 first-leg win over Valencia. The tremors of that night are still being felt around Europe.

In Milan a ‘biological bomb’ exploded and by the time Atalanta returned victorious from the second leg in Spain, Bergamo was in the grip of a coronavirus epidemic. It would become one of the world’s hardest-hit cities.


Hospitals and cemeteries were overwhelmed, with military vehicles soon carrying bodies to be burnt elsewhere. The city’s news-paper’s obituary section swelled from less than a page to more than 10. Every day. It is now widely believed that the crowning glory of a footballing fairytale helped cause the devastation.

On Wednesday night, Gasperini’s side rise from the ashes to resume their European adventure — the only Italian team still standing — when they meet Paris Saint-Germain in Lisbon in the first of the quarter-finals. And the winds of change are swirling once more.

‘People here are defined as cold people. Now I think it’s different,’ explains local reporter Carlo Canavesi. ‘The people are more united.’ And for Atalanta, a sense of destiny is bubbling — maybe death and devastation can give way to an historic triumph.

‘The people here are now saying nothing is impossible,’ Canavesi adds. ‘They believe they can win the Champions League.’

A big screen would usually be erected in Bergamo city centre. On Wednesday night, though, most are expected to watch from home. Normality is returning but scars of the virus remain.


Bergamo is a city of only 120,000 people, its team a blend of young talent, journeymen and signings from the shadows. Their stadium failed to meet UEFA standards and their wage bill (around £30million) is less than Neymar’s yearly salary. But under Gasperini they have become one of the continent’s most exciting teams.

Not much embodies Atalanta’s abandon better than their 8-4 aggregate victory over Valencia, when they scored four home and away. On Wednesday, however, they will miss Josip Ilicic. The 32-year-old scored all four goals in the second leg. He auctioned off the match ball to help the fight against Covid-19 and is the club’s top scorer.

But he will not feature in Lisbon, with reports suggesting he has returned to Slovenia amid struggles with his mental health. ‘We miss Ilicic very much,’ said coach Gasperini.

Nothing illustrates the grim spread of Covid-19 better than the three weeks between those two legs against Valencia. Before the San Siro meeting on February 19, Italy had only three cases. By the time Atalanta flew to Spain on March 9, Bergamo was part of a quarantine zone and the second leg was behind closed doors.


After that 4-3 win at a deserted Mestalla, Atalanta’s squad held up a shirt which read: ‘Bergamo, this is for you. Never give up.’ That day, the number of cases in the wider Bergamo province reportedly reached 1,472. ‘As soon as we touched down in Bergamo, that happiness vanished almost completely,’ said defender Mattia Caldara. ‘To find the streets empty was a blow to the heart.’

Over the following months, around 6,000 excess deaths in the area could be attributed to coronavirus. Meanwhile, more than a third of Valencia’s playing and backroom staff later tested positive and Spain’s total cases soon outstripped Italy’s.

By April, when Bergamo should have been preparing for a first Champions League quarter-final, sirens and church bells had become the soundtrack to the city. It is claimed that at one point the virus was taking lives at a rate of nearly one every 30 minutes.


But a strong bond exists between Atalanta and its city, where every baby is sent a kit and two bottles of milk. So as the virus spread, Bergamo came together. Among the gestures, Atalanta bought equipment for a new field hospital. Ultras helped build it in 10 days.

And then, 103 days after that first leg, football returned. Some Atalanta supporters chanted ‘shame’, opposing the return at a time when there were not enough tests for medical staff.

Now, though, the mood has changed. Last month, for the first time in 137 days, the intensive care unit of Bergamo’s main hospital was Covid-free. And, given the horror of recent times, the biggest game in Atalanta’s history now carries even more weight.

‘Everyone wants to cancel the past,’ Canavesi says. ‘And Atalanta is an important way to do this.’

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Inter ‘Relieved after seeing Icardi leave’

Play for the name on the front of the shirt, and they’ll remember the name on the back.


If you remove all qualitative data from Mauro Icardi’s six-year spell as Inter’s talisman and bomber, you’d be perplexed as to why a fanbase would be so relieved to see the back of a player who has contributed 124 goals in little over 200 games.

On paper, the Argentine striker is a force who would be welcome at just about any elite club in Europe. His numbers speak for themselves. The Inter star surpassed 20 league goals in three of his six campaigns with I Nerazzurri – excelling even when the quality of his teammates fluctuated from distinctly poor to average.

Icardi cemented his status as the big-game player during his time at San Siro, scoring clutch goals at crucial times against Serie A’s big hitters, and he was the sole cause of a whole lotta pain for bitter rivals Milan.

In 2017, Icardi cooly tucked away a 90th minute penalty to clinch a dramatic 3-2 victory over I Rossoneri, and celebrated by holding his shirt aloft, reminding the supporters just who their idolo was. It was an iconic moment in the forward’s most prolific season, as he went on to net a staggering 29 goals in 34 league games.

Icardi was turning plenty of heads, and after finally leading Inter back to the Champions League scene, he was rumoured to be a subject of interest from the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona, with his value rocketing beyond €100m.


When Icardi did his talking on the pitch for I Nerazzurri, there were very few strikers in the game who could hold a candle to his ruthlessness and natural-born killer instinct. Time and time again, the 27-year-old dug his club out of the vastest of canyons with last-minute winners, to the point that, with every passing minute that he failed to score against your team, the more resigned you became to what was coming.

He was inevitable. But even more inevitable was the big, red self-destruct button, begging to be pushed for a number of years. And it was just too tempting for Icardi to resist. The club captain managed to incur the wrath of the entire Interista fanbase, bringing San Siro and his career crashing down around him.

Antonio Candreva, Davide Massa, Mauro Icardi
Mauro Icardi | Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images
Icardi had already been forced to build several seemingly irreparable bridges with the Inter ultras in 2015 and 2016, before the eventual split in 2019, which proved to be final. Firstly, the then-22-year-old captain dished out some choice words to his irate fans after a 3-1 defeat to Sassuolo, when having thrown his shirt into the stands as a form of apology, he saw his jersey chucked straight back at him by the restless crowd.

And a year later, with tensions finally cooling, Icardi lit the touch paper once more, revisiting that eventful afternoon in his autobiography, and effectively calling out the Inter ultras for a set-to at his house.

Have a read of the following passage from Sempre Avanti (Always Ahead), and have a think whether you would want this type of character leading your football club.

“I’m ready to face them one by one. Maybe they don’t know that I grew up in one of the South American neighbourhoods with the highest crime rates and people getting killed in the street.


“How many of them (the ultras) are there? Fifty? A hundred? Two hundred? OK, record my message and let them hear it. I will bring 100 criminals from Argentina who will kill them on the spot.”

I Nerazzurri ultras responded with a number of banners, one which read ‘100 goals and 100 trophies will not cancel out what a piece s**t you are’. Pretty clear, really.

But yet after all that, Inter’s most loyal followers and their leader swept an ocean of anger under the bridge, and made peace. It helped that, ironically, Icardi would go on to get more than 100 goals, and although he failed to deliver trophies, his timely strikes did heal the gaping wounds.

Football fans are fickle folk, after all.

But having being handed the captain’s armband at such a young age, Icardi had it ripped from him midway through the 2018/19 season, after his wife and agent Wanda Nara had publicly criticised the decision-making and tactics of coach Luciano Spalletti on a popular Italian football chat-show.

She also lamented the club’s treatment of her husband, and openly discussed their stalled contract negotiations, generally undermining everything and everyone at San Siro. Icardi’s sister, clearly not a fan of Wanda, described the agent as a ‘viper’ and begged her brother to see some sense.


He did not.
Icardi hardly featured after this public spat, but Inter rolled on without him, as starlet Lautaro Martinez announced himself as the heir to the now poisoned throne. And despite a century of goals and dozen’s of match-winning contributions, Icardi’s on-field absence was scarcely noticed, despite his self-claimed importance to the Italian giants.

The moral to the story is, no man is bigger than the club. The Argentine was frozen out in the cold as soon as those values looked to have been forgotten. He had all the makings of a club legend, but that self-destructive personality cast a shadow too large for his undisputed talent. Some players are just not worth the hassle, no matter how good they are.

Icardi has spent this season on loan at Paris Saint-Germain, where he has mostly played second fiddle to the club’s all-time leading scorer, Edinson Cavani.

But with the Uruguayan hit-man set to leave Paris this summer, they have decided to make Icardi’s loan move permanent – despite Wanda claiming she and her husband would prefer a return to Italy. Get used to that, PSG fans.


When the dust settles, this deal will look like a sound piece of business for all parties involved – on paper, at least. But football is famously not played on paper.
For Mauro Icardi the player, €50m is a bargain for PSG.

For Mauro Icardi the person, €50m is daylight robbery by Inter.

Unfortunately for the French champions, you can’t have one without the other. Bonne chance, Paris.



PSG officially completes ‘Signing Icardi on permanent stay’

Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed the signing of Mauro Icardi on a permanent deal after triggering their option to sign the Argentine from Inter.


Icardi joined PSG on loan last summer and racked up 20 goals in 31 appearances in all competitions before Ligue 1 was postponed.

Paris Saint-Germain are delighted to announce the signing of Mauro Icardi on a permanent deal, following the striker’s loan from Inter Milan during the 2019-2020 season.https://en.psg.fr/teams/first-team/content/mauro-icardi-signs-paris-saint-germain-contract-until-30-june-2024-official-psg

That form prompted reports stating PSG had decided to make his move permanent before the clause expired on 31 May, and the French side took to their official website to confirm that Icardi will remain at the Parc des Prices for the foreseeable future.

“Paris Saint-Germain are delighted to announce the signing of Mauro Icardi on a permanent deal, following the striker’s loan from Inter during the 2019-2020 season,” a statement read.


“The 27-year-old Argentina international (8 caps), who also holds an Italian passport, has signed a four-year deal with the capital club until 30 June 2024.

“The Rosario-born player is the 16th Argentinian player in the history of Paris Saint-Germain, and has made 31 appearances for the Rouge et Bleu in the 2019-2020 season, picking up a Ligue 1 winner’s medal, scoring 20 goals and providing 4 assists.”


There is no fee mentioned in the deal, but a previous report noted that PSG had negotiated a discount on their initial agreement and struck a deal worth €50m plus an additional €7m in add-ons, rather than the €70m which was agreed last summer.

Inter are also said to have inserted an anti-Juventus clause in the contract to ensure he does not join Juventus in the near future, while the Nerazzurri are also expected to receive a portion of any future sale.


For Icardi, it brings an official end to a tumultuous seven-year spell on the books at San Siro, in which he blossomed into a lethal scorer but consistently faced questions over his attitude – something which NobleSport’s own Adigun Daniel Ayomide has discussed in great detail.

He departs having racked up 124 goals in 219 appearances for Inter, and he is now set to continue firing in goals in Paris.



Chelsea eyes Icardi as PSG argues over €70m purchase option

Chelsea have reportedly joined the race for Inter striker Mauro Icardi, as PSG continue to haggle over the €70m purchase option.


The forward spent this season on loan in Paris at a cost of €13m, scoring 20 goals in 31 competitive games.

There is a €70m clause to make the move permanent, but Paris Saint-Germain are trying to negotiate a discount, seeing the €50m plus €10m in bonuses offer rejected.


Juventus and Napoli are both eager to bring Icardi back to Serie A, while Manchester United had until now been the only real Premier League interested party.

Now Sun Sport claim that Chelsea are also in the running for the 27-year-old Argentina international.

~Mauro Icardi

He came up through the Barcelona youth academy before moving on to Sampdoria, joining Inter for €13m in the summer of 2013.

Icardi scored 121 goals in 219 Serie A games, along with 30 assists.



Inter rejects PSG’s Mediocre bid for Icardi

Inter have reportedly rejected an initial PSG offer of €50m plus €10m in bonuses for Mauro Icardi, as they want at least €60m plus €10m in add-ons.


The striker is currently in Paris on loan with an option to buy worth €70m, but the Ligue 1 champions are asking for a discount, especially after their season was shut early due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Sky Sport Italia and La Gazzetta dello Sport, an initial €50m plus €10m bonuses proposal has been turned down.

The asking price will be €60m guaranteed along with at least €10m in add-ons, most of which will be relatively simple to activate, so the eventual sum will come out at close to €70m.

~Mauro Icardi

PSG already paid €13m for the one-season loan and covered his salary, which he repaid with 20 goals and four assists in 31 competitive games.

Juventus and Napoli are reportedly ready to welcome Icardi back to Serie A, but if PSG were to purchase the player and immediately sell him to another Italian club, Inter would pocket an extra €15m.




Just in🔥: PSG tables interesting offer for Inter’s Icardi

Paris Saint-Germain have made an opening offer of £44.7m (€50m) plus a further £8.9m (€10m) in add-ons for Mauro Icardi from Inter Milan.


Icardi has been on loan at PSG since last summer – a deal that included a £62.7m (€70m) option to buy.

Icardi has no future at the San Siro and despite impressing on loan at Paris Saint-Germain this season, there are doubts he will stay in Ligue 1 permanently.

The 27-year-old has scored 20 goals in 31 appearances after his arrival at PSG.



Inter could get €180m from sales of Argentine duo Lautaro & Icardi


Inter could get €180m from a possible double sale of their Argentine stars Lautaro Martinez and Mauro Icardi.


Barcelona have been linked with Lautaro in recent months and are allegedly not giving up on a potential deal for the 22-year-old.

But Lautaro has a buy-out clause of €111m in his current deal at San Siro and reports in both Italy and Spain have claimed the Blaugrana have tried to include players in an effort to reach the required value set by his contract.

The €111m release clause must be triggered this summer and adding that loanee Icardi will return from his stint at Paris Saint-Germain, the Nerazzurri could potentially make well over €180m if both players end up elsewhere.

~Lautaro Martinez

Tuttosport highlights that Icardi will add between €70m to €85m on the total amount and depending on where he ends up, having been linked with a host of clubs, including league leaders and title rivals Juventus.

The newspaper claims Conte would like to keep Martinez at the Giuseppe Meazza, but if he decides to move to Barcelona, the money could be spent wisely and used to add more depth to the current crop.



Napoli to go all in for Icardi if PSG don’t sign him from Inter


Napoli will make an attempt to sign Mauro Icardi from Inter if Paris Saint Germain do not sign him up on a permanent basis according to a report from Italian broadcaster Sport Mediaset.


Icardi is currently out on loan at the French capital city club from Inter and they can sign him up on a permanent basis for a sum of €70 million.

There are contrasting reports doing the rounds with regard to their intentions and as a result a number of clubs have sparked an interest in the event he is sent back to Inter.


Napoli are among those clubs and could make another attempt to land Icardi having previously failed in the past.

The 27-year-old Argentine has also been linked with a move to Inter’s arch rivals Juventus and the report claims that if he returns, Inter are hopeful of a bidding war and will sell him to the highest bidder.



Inter CEO to go after Dybala with funds raised from selling Icardi


Inter chief executive Giuseppe ‘Beppe’ Marotta will try to bring Juventus star Paulo Dybala to the club in the coming months according to a report from Italian news outlet CalcioMercato.com.


Inter could well make a move for Dybala with funds raised through the sale of his compatriot Mauro Icardi, who is currently out on loan at Paris Saint Germain.

The reigning French champions have an option to sign him on a permanent basis for €70 million and in the event they sign him and then sell him on to another Italian club they will be due Inter a further sum of €15 million.


Dybala is currently under contract with the Bianconeri until the end of the 2021/22 season and the report claims that Juventus are working on extending his contract with the club.

The 26-year-old has made 34 appearances across all competitions to date this season, in which he has scored 13 goals and provided 12 assists.



Inter looks to earn around €184m from player sales this summer

Inter are looking to earn around €184 million from player sales this summer, according to a report from Italian broadcaster Sport Mediaset earlier today.


The report details how Inter have multiple top players out on loan this season and are hoping all will be purchased by their respective clubs. Argentine forward Mauro Icardi’s sale to Paris Saint Germain would earn Inter €70 million, which could rise up to €80 million should the Parisians sell him to an Italian club. The next highest sale would be Valentino Lazaro to Newcastle for around €23 million.

The Nerazzurri are hoping to use this money to sign Fiorentina talisman Federico Chiesa, the report continues, and are prepared to offer the Florence based club both Dalbert and Radja Nainggolan, as well as €30 million, for the 22-year-old’s signature.

Here is the list of players that Inter are hoping will earn them €184 million in the summer:


Mauro Icardi (PSG): loan with a buy option of €70 million

Ivan Perisic (Bayern Munich): loan with buy option of €20 million

Radja Nainggolan (Cagliari): dry loan, possible sale of €20 million

Dalbert (Fiorentina): loan with buy option of €12 million

Valentino Lazaro (Newcastle): loan with buy option of €23.5 million

Joao Mario (Lokomotiv Moscow): loan with buy option of €18 million

Andrea Pinamonti (Genoa): loan with buy option of €18 million



Juve prefers negotiating with PSG for €70m-rated Icardi than Inter

It will be more difficult for Juventus to negotiate with Inter for Mauro Icardi in the coming months than it would be Paris Saint Germain according to a report in today’s print edition of Tuttosport.

Icardi is currently out on loan at the reigning French champions, who have an option to sign him up on a permanent basis for a sum of €70 million. In the event they are then to deal him to another Italian club, they will be due Inter a further payment of €15 million.

Should PSG take up their option to sign the 27-year-old on a permanent basis, it would be easier for Juventus to negotiate with them than Inter given they are arch rivals and relations between the clubs are pretty much non-existent as a result but the report does warn that in football you can never say never.

Juventus are said to see Icardi as the ideal player to bolster their attacker and it now remains to be seen what will happen with the former Barcelona academy player.


Higuain could leave Juventus in order for Icardi to arrive

Juventus are keen to lure Mauro Icardi to Turin and they are reportedly preparing a deal that could see the Inter striker move to the Old Lady.

The Argentina international is currently on loan at Paris Saint-Germain, who could exercise his 70 million euro buyout clause and resell the player.

According to La Gazzetta Dello Sport, Gonzalo Higauin could leave in order for Icardi to arrive.

Juventus will try to avoid negotiating with Inter over Icardi and are planning to include some players in a swap deal that would see him join the Turin-based club.

Miralem Pjanic and Alex Sandro are two of the men who could be used as makeweight in Juventus’ attempt to avoid splashing out cash for the Argentine striker.


PSG hope to swap Juventus target Icardi with both Pjanic & Sandro

Paris Saint-Germain are allegedly hoping to swap Juventus target Mauro Icardi with both Miralem Pjanic and Alex Sandro.

The Argentine arrived in Paris on loan from Inter last summer but looks set to be on his way back to Italy this summer.

But it’s unlikely to see Icardi return to Inter, as PSG reportedly has an option to sign the former Nerazzurri captain for €70m and could trigger the clause to then use Icardi in an operation to bring leverage on the table in order to bring both Pjanic and Alex Sandro to the French capital.

La Gazzetta dello Sport reveals that PSG director of football Leonardo plans to sit down with Juventus directors Fabio Paratici and Pavel Nedved to find a solution that suits both parties.

Les Parisiens have been linked with Pjanic in the past and he could be part of the exchange deal, with Alex Sandro among the favourites to be included in a potential trade.


Race on! Juventus, Milan & Napoli ‘all targets Inter’s Icardi’

Juventus, AC Milan and Napoli are all looking to sign Inter owned striker Mauro Icardi in the summer, according to a report from Italian media outlet FcInterNews earlier today.

The report details how the 27-year-old Argentine striker, who is currently on loan with French side Paris Saint Germain, is set to return to Italy in the summer, as the Parisian’s aren’t looking to pay €70 million for his signature. Juventus have been looking to sign Icardi for over a year now, with AC Milan also contacting Icardi’s wife and agent Wanda Nara to discuss a possible move. The Rossoneri’s chances aren’t high, however, due to their Financial Fair Play commitments.

Napoli are also involved in the race for Icardi, the report continues. President Aurelio De Laurentiis has been keen to bring the Argentine forward to Naples for three years now, so the Partenopei will also try to fight off Juventus for the player’s signature.


Atletico in talks with Icardi?

Atletico Madrid are reportedly stepping up their interest in Inter loanee Mauro Icardi, as coach Diego Simeone looks for Diego Costa’s replacement at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Icardi, currently on loan at Paris Saint-Germain, will reportedly leave the French capital after one season and has been targeted by a host of top clubs on the continent.

Tuttosport writes that Simeone has already been in touch with Icardi’s wife and agent Wanda Nara regarding a move for the 27-year-old.

Simeone has been looking for a replacement for Diego Costa in Madrid and the newspaper claims the Atleti tactician has targeted the former Nerazzurri captain.

Los Colchoneros were close to signing Icardi’s current teammate Edinson Cavani this winter and the Uruguay international could still be an alternative in the summer.

The Argentine has scored 20 goals in 31 games for Les Parisiens this term, but the reports keeps linking him with a move to Italy or Spain.


Juventus could use Sandro as a trade chip in a deal for Icardi

Juventus could use Alex Sandro as a potential trade chip in a deal for Mauro Icardi in the coming months according to a report in today’s print edition of Tuttosport.

Icardi is currently out on loan at Paris Saint Germain from Inter and the reigning French champions have an option to sign him up on a permanent basis which they reportedly intend to do.

It has long been rumoured that Juventus are huge fans of Icardi and would like to add him to their ranks to bolster their attack and in order to acquire him they would be willing to offer a player(s) to PSG in return for Icardi.

Miralem Pjanic, Douglas Costa. and Mattia De Sciglio’s names have both been mentioned but this report states that Alex Sandro’s name is now in the mix of players they could try and use to entice PSG into doing business with them.

If they let Sandro go to acquire Icardi, the report from the Turin based newspaper goes on to state they will look to replace the Brazilian with Chelsea’s Emerson Palmieri, who is also on Inter’s radar.


PSG Ready to Match Mauro Icardi’s €70m Clause Without Approval From Thomas Tuchel

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.

Mauro Icardi

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.


Icardi, Griezmann eyed by EPL clubs, Martinez prioritises Barcelona.

Inter striker Lautaro Martínez is focused on joining Barcelona this summer, in a move which could, in turn, see Antoine Griezmann or Mauro Icardi head to the Premier League with Manchester City and Chelsea both on the lookout for a new striker.

Barcelona want a young striker to compete with and eventually replace Luis Suárez, and Martínez has been identified as the ideal candidate, although affording the deal could be problematic.

NobleSport gathered that Martínez is top of Barcelona’s wish list this summer and the 22-year-old’s priority is to seal a move to Camp Nou, regardless of what other options (Chelsea and Man City are also interested) become available.

NobleSport note that Martínez has rejected the chance to extend his contract with Inter in the hope of joining Barcelona, even though that proposal included a higher wage than would be on offer at Camp Nou.

However, La Blaugrana will have to sell some players to balance their books first. Ivan Rakitić, Samuel Umtiti and Ousmane Dembélé could all be pushed towards the exit door, and club officials are also even open to parting ways with Griezmann just one year after his controversial €120m move.

Despite contributing 14 goals and four assists in 37 appearances before play was suspended, the Frenchman has failed to impress on the whole, and Barcelona are now open to parting ways with him to facilitate their move for Martínez.

NobleSport learnt that a move to the Premier League for Griezmann is a possibility, with at least two of England’s richest sides on the lookout for a new forward this summer.

Chelsea and Manchester City are keen to recruit in the position and have both looked closely at Martínez. However, even though they both remain keen, they have been informed that the Argentine wants to join Barcelona, so they are prepared to look elsewhere.

Beyond Martinez and Griezmann, another potential option for the two English sides is fellow Inter striker Icardi, who has enjoyed an impressive campaign out on loan with Paris Saint-Germain this season.

Chelsea and City have been tracking Icardi for a while and have both retained their interest this year, having seen Icardi struggle to hold down a permanent place in Thomas Tuchel’s starting lineup.

PSG do have the chance to sign Icardi permanently this summer, but there are rumblings that they will not exercise that contractual option. In the event that he returns to Inter, Chelsea and City are contemplating launching bids of their own.


Chelsea & Real Madrid Assessing Mauro Icardi Transfer

Chelsea, Real Madrid and Juventus are all keeping tabs on Mauro Icardi’s future as he nears the end of a season-long loan move to Paris Saint-Germain.The Argentina international has scored 19 goals in 28 games since moving to the Parc des Princes from Inter, with PSG’s sporting director Leonardo desperate to activate their option to buy at the end of the season.

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Manchester City Considering Erling Haaland As Long Time Replacement For Kün Agüero

Manchester City are considering Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland as a long-term replacement for club legend Sergio Agüero.

The Argentine recently became the highest-scoring foreign player in Premier League history, and City are eager to reward the 31-year-old’s years of loyal service by granting him complete freedom over his future.

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Juventus Hopeful Of Signing Icardi

Juventus Chief Hopeful of Signing Mauro Icardi Despite PSG’s Interest in permanent deal.

Juventus chief Fabio Paratici remains hopeful of bringing Mauro Icardi back to Italy, despite Paris Saint-Germain leading the race for his signature on a permanent basis.

The Argentine forward has enjoyed a prosperous loan spell with PSG, scoring 14 goals in just 18 appearances. As a result, the French giants are interested in bringing Icardi to Parc des Princes permanently in summer.

But Juventus, who were interested in signing the 26-year-old in the summer, aren’t giving up on their pursuit of the striker.

Mauro Icardi

According to Calcio Mercato, PSG have a deal with parent club Inter to sign the striker for €70m at the end of the current season.

However, Juventus are hoping to lure the striker back to Italy where he has played the majority of his career, scoring 124 times in 219 appearances for Sampdoria and Inter. The temptation of returning to Serie A with the league’s biggest club may be a temptation too difficult to refuse for Icardi, especially given the ageing profile of the Old Lady’s current attackers.

It seems all but certain that PSG will win Ligue 1 for yet another year, currently sitting seven points clear of second place Marseille with a game in hand. But Icardi’s decision could depend on the respective Champions League successes of those courting him, with both sides desperate to be crowned champions of Europe.

Mauro Icardi
Thomas Tuchel will undoubtedly want to keep the Argentine around, especially given Edinson Cavani’s potential departure at the end of the season as his contract runs out in summer. Meanwhile, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar will most certainly be linked with moves to La Liga come the end of the current campaign.

Juventus are more than aware of Icardi’s quality and with Mario Mandzukic having recently left for Qatar, as well as Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo both being over 32, the Turin side may have issues up top next season.

Maurizio Sarri has already added 19-year-old Dejan Kulusevski to his ranks, but the Swedish attacker has been loaned back to Parma.