PSG might keep Mauro Icardi in Paris next season
Luis Campos spoke to Telefoot last weekend and confirmed PSG's current plan of reducing the size of the squad. One of the players leaving Paris on loan last summer, Mauro Icardi, is having a mammoth season in Turkiye. Now, PSG are considering keeping him in tow next season when he's back from his spell at Galatasaray.
On loan from Paris Saint-Germain since last September, Argentina international forward Icardi is the brightest light at Galatasaray this season. He's been so good, in fact, that PSG might actually give him a new chance to succeed in the French capital ahead of next season.
Icardi has appeared in 13 games at Galatasaray since joining the Turkish giants. He has already scored nine goals to go with six assists in all competitions. The striker, still a "young" 29 years old, is becoming a living legend of the Istanbul club, now sitting atop the Turkish league table.
Dursun Aydin Ozbek, the president of Galatasaray, has already revealed the weak position his club is in in terms of their economic realities. "If we ask the fans, everyone will say yes (to Icardi staying at Galatasaray next season), but there is the economic reality," said the president."
Of course, the forward will stay put in Turkiye until the end of the current season and through next June. After that, though, it's all open for him to come back and stay at PSG or leave Paris once more, next time most probably for good getting sold instead of loaned out.
Icardi carries a market value of around €15M and is under contract with PSG until the summer of 2024. According to a report by Relevo published on Monday, though, Icardi might find a way to stay in Paris next season once he returns to the Parisian organization.
One of the main reasons, of course, is the lack of depth in the Parisian ranks, no matter the line from defense to offense. Only Kylian Mbappe and Hugo Ekitike can be considered pure strikers, and there are no other professional/tried/tested options available for coach Christophe Galtier outside of those two.
That, paired with the reports about PSG having to cut their payroll by at least 30% by next season, might force Paris Saint-Germain into retaining some of their returning players instead of acquiring new ones at bigger costs.
Only time will tell what will happen with Icardi and the rest of the loanees from PSG, but one thing is clear and that is that PSG will definitely need to bolster their thin roster that is already suffering the lack of depth after the injuries suffered by their players after the World Cup break.