Mauro Icardi leaning toward staying at Galatasaray
One of the many PSG players going out on loan last summer seems to have found peace away from the French capital. Mauro Icardi, playing at Galatasaray this season in Turkiye, seems to have made the decision to stay in the Turkish city and the club is willing to acquire him.
According to the information obtained by Le Parisien, Icardi is wanted by Galatasaray, and the club from Istanbul is poised to turn his loan into a full purchase next summer.
The French newspaper, in fact, revealed that the Turkish club "has already started initial discussions with PSG to discuss the idea of a permanent transfer," as of Tuesday, April 11.
There is a purchase option included in Icardi's loan deal quoted at €10m, and the player seems to be delighted by the charm of his new fans and supporters of Galatasaray in Turkiye. According to Le Parisien, the Argentina international would favor a move to the Turkiye city next summer.
Galatasary want Icardi. Icardi loves Istanbul. Match made in heaven?
Not long ago, Icardi was quoted saying that he "really wants to stay in Istanbul," and that while he was "with the best players in the world in Paris," he "felt nothing" in the streets of the French capital when it came to the support he received by the fans. "[In Istanbul], I see great interest in me," said Icardi.
Le Parisien first informed about "the first discussions having already taken place" between the vice-president of Galatasaray and the PSG board. According to the French newspaper, the financial aspect "will be important" for the Turkish organization as they can't go overboard with any transfer, but they are willing to complete an operation of "around €10m.”
Money will never be a problem on PSG's side, of course, but it's hard to imagine they would block this departure for whatever the price ends up being considering that Icardi was sent out on a loan and was not in the plans of the team for this season.
Icardi is under contract until June 2024, so he could be the one to lower the payroll of PSG ahead of next season if his move to Istanbul is completed next summer.