PSG & Inter Agree Discounted Deal for Mauro Icardi

Mauro Icardi
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PSG are closing in on their first major signing of the summer, after agreeing a €57m deal with Inter to make Mauro Icardi's move to Le Parc des Princes permanent.

Icardi joined PSG on loan in September, scoring 20 goals in 31 appearances in all competitions during his debut season in France.

The original loan move came with an option to buy but PSG left it late to act on this, with the clause set to expire on 31 May.

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But, according to Sky Italy [via Sky Sports], the French champions have agreed to pay an initial fee of €50m, plus €7m in add ons - thought to be linked to Icardi hitting personal targets, as well as the performane of PSG overall.

The fee paid for Icardi could set the tone for the upcoming transfer window, as club's around the world feel the revenue pinch caused by the global coronavirus outbreak.

When signing the Argentine forward in September, PSG had negotiated a clause of €70m to purchase him - but this has been substantially reduced because of the absence of match day revenue over the past few months.

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Icardi joined Inter in 2015, and was the top scorer in Serie A in his debut season. However, he has since fallen out with Inter fans after clashing with ultras and comments made in his autobiography. In February 2019, he was stripped of the captaincy.

The 27-year-old was then left out of Inter's squad following Antonio Conte's arrival in the summer, and according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Italian giants were prepared to let him go for such a discounted price because he 'did not have the slightest chance of returning to Milan' - and to prevent him from moving to rivals Juventus.

Inter have even added an 'anti-Juventus' clause into the contract to deter Icardi from joining the Old Lady further down the line, while they'll also trouser a further €15m if he returns to Italy at any point.