Always in charge of pushing players towards the exit, Leonardo encounters serious difficulties in this area. The sports director of Paris Saint-Germain has particularly struggled to eject Mauro Icardi for several transfer windows. But this summer, the Argentine striker could make his job easier.
To welcome new recruits, or to make room for certain young people, Paris Saint-Germain has every interest in concluding sales during the next transfer window. The degreasing operation will obviously concern the least desired players in the squad. Namely those who, despite a very comfortable salary, only benefit from a limited playing time. It’s hard not to think of Mauro Icardi after such a complicated season.
Icardi wants to go back to Italy
As expected last summer, the Argentinian striker has fallen further in the hierarchy of coach Mauricio Pochettino after the arrival of his compatriot Lionel Messi. The former Inter Milan player has started just 13 games this season in all competitions. An unbearable situation for the principal concerned. Indeed, the daily Le Parisien, which confirms that Paris Saint-Germain wants to get rid of it, also tells us that Mauro Icardi is no longer against the idea of leaving this summer. The center-forward under contract until 2024 would see himself returning to Italy.
🚨 EXCL 🚨 Napoli and Lazio have added Argentine star 🇦🇷 Mauro Icardi to their short list of transfers.
— Ekrem KONUR (@Ekremkonur) May 13, 2022
The news should delight Leonardo who has tried to part with it several times in recent years, without success. But with the new state of mind of the undesirable, the task of the sporting director will undoubtedly be facilitated. Especially if Mauro Icardi agrees to make an effort on his salary. The hypothesis is possible insofar as the Parisian striker has the unexpected opportunity to bounce back from an Italian cador. According to journalist Ekrem Konur, Napoli and Lazio Roma are interested in his services. On the other hand, it is obvious that the two Italian clubs will want to negotiate an amount much lower than the 50 million euros spent by Paris Saint-Germain in 2020.