According to journalist Hadrien Grenier, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) striker Mauro Icardi is on Borussia Dortmund’s radar this summer.
The Argentina international rose to prominence at Inter Milan, where he scored 124 goals and assisted 29 times in 219 appearances across all competitions. He signed a season-long contract with Paris Saint-Germain in 2019 but failed to make an impact in his first season.
Nonetheless, PSG decided to exercise their option to buy the striker permanently in the summer of 2020 and reached an agreement with Inter for a €52 million fee with add-ons.
Last season, Icardi struggled to establish himself as an important member of Mauricio Pochettino’s squad. During the previous season, the 29-year-old made only 10 Ligue 1 starts. Last season, he appeared in 30 games across all competitions, scoring five goals.
Dortmund, who are still looking for a striker, could provide him with an escape route from the Parc des Princes. Sebastian Haller was signed by the German club this summer, but he has been sidelined indefinitely due to a testicular tumor.
During the current transfer window, BVB also lost Erling Haaland to Manchester City, who activated the player’s €75 million release clause. The Bundesliga club, on the other hand, moved quickly to sign Karim Adeyemi from RB Salzburg for a fee of €38 million plus add-ons. It remains to be seen if they will formalize their interest in Icardi in the coming weeks.
It is still early days in their pursuit of the former Sampdoria centre-forward, and nothing is believed to be advanced at this time. Meanwhile, the FIFA World Cup in Qatar is getting closer by the day.
Icardi understands that being a regular starter at club level will help him get on Lionel Scaloni’s 26-man shortlist later this year. Dortmund also qualified for the UEFA Champions League next season after finishing second in the table last season.
Barcelona president makes big Lionel Messi claim as PSG deal enters final year
Last summer’s transfer of Lionel Messi to PSG was one of the most spectacular pieces of transfer news in recent memory. Due to their crippling financial situation, Barcelona did not renew the Argentine’s contract.
On this day in 2008, Lionel Messi took Barcelona’s legendary No. 10 shirt from Ronaldinho ✨ https://t.co/DIBOSkyPZp
He agreed to a two-year contract with the Parisians, with an option for an additional year. Messi is currently into the final year of the contract with PSG and is yet to make any announcements concerning the extension.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta told ESPN (via the Mirror) that he hopes Messi’s chapter with the Blaugrana is not over. He stated:
“I believe, hope, and wish that Messi’s story at Barcelona isn’t over.” I believe it is our responsibility to ensure that this chapter is never closed, and that it has a more glorious ending than the one he had.”
“Do I owe him anything?” Morally, I believe I did my job as President of Barcelona. But, as president of Barcelona and on a personal level, I believe I owe him a debt of gratitude.” Barcelona fans would undoubtedly welcome Messi back with open arms. Whether the Catalan giants have the financial bandwidth to sign the 33-year-old is a whole different question, however.
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Aranya Chaudhury edited the piece.