Arsenal were offered the chance to sign Mauro Icardi this summer but decided to turn him down for Gabriel Jesus, according to a report.
Fabrizio Romano reports (via Caught Offside) that Paris Saint-Germain striker Mauro Icardi was offered to Arsenal in recent months, but the club decided not to proceed with the option.
The Gunners were looking for a different kind of striker, with technical director Edu Gaspar always favouring a move for Gabriel Jesus.
This isn’t the first time reports have suggested that Arsenal turned Icardi down.
There was a similar claim in January, as The Athletic reported that there was a chance to swap Icardi for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Arsenal opted against it, as they only wanted to focus on long-term signings in the position, not quick fixes. Nothing changed in the six months after that, so Icardi was never likely to move to North London.
29-year-old Icardi is struggling for form in France, scoring five goals in 30 appearances (13 starts) last season. He’s yet to score in 2022 and only two of his five goals came after September 20th.
The Argentine forward was a highly-regarded striker during his spell with Inter Milan, scoring 24 and 29 goals in consecutive league campaigns between 2016 and 2018.
But in the four full seasons since then he’s failed to better 12 league goals.