Why the “Mauro Icardi case” worries PSG days after the transfer market closes

Mauro Icardi, one of PSG’s expendable players (REUTERS / Stephane Mahe) (STEPHANE MAHE /)

After a new blow in the Champions League, the diligence of Paris Saint Germain decided to give a new rudder by hiring Christophe Galtier as technical director and the Portuguese Luis Campos as the new football manager to replace the Argentine Mauricio Pochettino and the Brazilian Leonardo , respectively.

One of the first measures carried out by the new coach was to reduce the number of professional footballers in the first team and drew up a list that the French press dubbed “the undesirables”, who train separately from the bulk of the squad.

One of the most brilliant names on this list is that of Mauro Icardi, who was relegated in consideration of Galtier. The DT has Kylian Mbappé as the main reference in attack (Neymar and Lionel Messi will be around him) and his first option to replace him is the young Hugo Ekitiké, who arrived on loan from Stade Reims. Despite the sale of Arnaud Kalimuendo to Rennes, the Argentine is not part of the new coach’s plans.

Although from the Gallic territory they stated that Wanda Nara, wife and representative of the athlete, traveled to Istanbul, Turkey, to speak face to face with Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray, so far no negotiations have progressed.

RMC Sports remarked that Rosario “He does not intend to leave the capital club without having received his entire salary until the end of his contract”which ends in June 2024. Precisely this point is one of the main concerns of the Paris Saint Germain management.

In case of not finding a new destination before September 1, the date on which the transfer book closes in France, PSG must reinstate Mauro Icardi to the professional squad so as not to violate article 507 of Ligue 1. He maintains that any player with a contract cannot train separately from the group from September 2.

The one that emerged from the Barcelona youth academy has not started in a Ligue 1 match since January 23 and under this new leadership he was only a substitute in the final of the Trophée des Champions (he did not enter) and was not called up for the commitments against Clermont, Montpellier and Lille. Last season he participated in 30 games, in which he contributed five goals (four for the local tournament and one in the French Cup).

In a situation similar to that of former Inter and Sampdoria are the German Julian Draxler, the French Layvin Kurzawa, the Brazilian Rafinha and the Senegalese Idrissa Gueye. Those who have already been relocated were defender Thilo Kehrer (West Ham), midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum (Roma), right-back Colin Dagba and midfielder Junio ​​Dina Ebimbe.

The current Ligue 1 champions added Vitinha, Hugo Ekitiké, Nordi Mukiele and Renato Sanches, but Galtier publicly declared that he considers that he still lacks a central defender (Milan Skriniar, from Inter), a midfielder (Fabián Ruiz , from Napoli) and a striker.


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