PSG will sign Mauro Icardi on a permanent deal, according to reliable reports, reducing the chances they also move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Mauro Icardi during his time with Inter Milan
Mauro Icardi during his time with Inter Milan

Fabrizio Romano reports that PSG are in ‘total agreement’ with Inter Milan over a €50m deal for Mauro Icardi plus €7m in add-ons. The transfer is a permanent one after Icardi spent the last season on loan with the French club.

It’s no huge surprise to see PSG pushing to sign up Icardi permanently. The 27-year-old scored 20 goals and assisted four this season, starting regularly throughout the campaign.

To an extent, Icardi had to share minutes with Edinson Cavani, but the Uruguayan is leaving at the end of his contract this summer. So it probably wasn’t hard to convince Icardi to stay with the guarantee of a starting spot.

Regardless, it’s one club less likely to make a serious move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Recent reports suggested PSG were ‘speeding up negotiations’ for a €38m transfer, but that seems a lot less likely now.

Even for PSG, spending another €40m+ on a striker when they’ve just bought one for up to €57m seems excessive given the current worldwide financial situation.

Whether this increases Aubameyang’s chances of staying at Arsenal or simply reduces the clubs involved in a bidding war, we’ll have to wait and see.