PSG striker Mauro Icardi, coming off a season spent in Turkey playing at Galatasaray on loan in 2022/23, is set to join the Istanbul club on a full-time basis as reported by Fabrizio Romano and L'Equipe on Sunday.
The forward spent last season at the Turkish champions appearing in 26 matches and scoring 23 goals and 8 assists, enough to convince Galatasaray to make the investment in his services this summer to land him on a full transfer.
The Argentina international is expected to join his "new" club in the coming days, and although the final fee has not yet been reported Romano has quoted it at around €10m going to PSG.
Currently a veteran playing at 30 years old, Icardi arrived in Paris in 2019 on loan from Inter and was later permanently transferred for a hefty €50m sum paid to the Italian giants on a deal that runs through June 2024. PSG have decided to sell Icardi for a lower fee now rather than lower him for nothing next year, which might already happen to them with Kylian Mbappe.
Luis Campos included Icardi in a list of "unwanted" players last summer and later proceeded to send him on loan to Galatasaray. He will now move away from Paris for good, and once and for all for the pleasure and desire of Campos.
PSG had already set the price of Icardi at the reported €10m fee when Italy side AS Roma showed some interest in the player. After a successful campaign in Turkey, though, and with both Roma and Galatasaray offering the same fee to PSG, it looks like Icardi would prefer to stay in the country he dominated last season rather than returning to the old grounds of Italy next year.
Speaking a month ago, Mehmet Cibara, one of the members of the Turkish club's board, was quoted by a journalist of Ajansspor saying that “Icardi doesn't want to leave Galatasaray," and that "for this reason, we will offer him our best as a club”. Said and done, folks.