The lowdown: Expensive flop
Despite directly contributing to 48 goals in 92 outings, the 29-year-old Argentina frontman has often been on the periphery of matters in the French capital, never making more than 24 Ligue 1 outings in a single campaign in three seasons at the club.
The latest: ‘On the radar’
It’s claimed that Icardi – who has been training apart from the first team at PSG – is ‘on the radar’ at Old Trafford as Erik ten Hag attempts to bolster the attacking options at his disposal.
The report also states that the move to United for the man dubbed a ‘pure goal hunter’ by legendary French hitman Jean-Pierre Papin ‘could be on loan with a purchase option’.
The verdict: No risk
Albeit clearly out of sorts having been left out of the opening day squad to face Clermont Foot, signing the £19.8million valued ace on loan would represent a shrewd piece of business from the Red Devils hierarchy.
Already in need of additional firepower, Ten Hag’s options could be about to be diminished further as PSG themselves reportedly target misfiring Marcus Rashford, who is believed to be open to a fresh challenge away from Manchester whilst the future of Cristiano Ronaldo also remains in doubt.
Therefore, with 203 domestic career goals all told, adding a player of Icardi’s previously proven class and goalscoring ability to the Carrington ranks would be a welcome boost.
Sharing similar stylistic traits to Jamie Vardy, Luis Suarez and Callum Wilson (FBref), the old-fashioned Argentine centre-forward operates exclusively through the middle and would act as a focal point of the attack, ideally ably supported by wide options such as Jadon Sancho, Anthony Elanga and Anthony Martial.
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