Mauro Icardi has perpetually been linked with a move to Juventus, and the rumours have emerged once more ahead of the January transfer window.
The Argentine spent a single senior season at Sampdoria before moving on to Inter Milan in 2013, where he became one of Europe’s most prolific and sought-after strikers. Icardi scored 124 goals in 219 games before departing the club on bad terms in 2019.
He eventually joined Paris Saint-Germain permanently in 2020 after spending a season on loan in the French capital, but many have tipped the striker to leave in the near future. Icardi has been somewhat outcasted by Mauricio Pochettino this season following the blockbuster arrival of Lionel Messi.
In November, Santi Aouna (via Get French Football News) reported that Icardi is looking to leave PSG. Supposedly, the former Inter hitman wants to join a “calmer” club so he can focus on rebuilding the relationship with his wife and agent Wanda Nara.
Nara’s meeting with Andrea Agnelli
Nara has reportedly been active in trying to get her husband his desired move away. According to Foot Mercato, Icardi’s wife and agent met with Juventus president Andrea Agnelli over a potential loan move for her husband.
On Sunday afternoon, Portuguese journalist Pedro Almeida added that Icardi is “very close” to signing with Juventus. Almeida understands that the Bianconeri have made a six-month loan offer for the wantaway PSG forward.
‘Nothing concrete’ between Juventus and Icardi
However, perhaps more reliable sources have played down any deal being imminent. Mirko Di Natale says that sources close to PSG have denied any concrete negotiations taking place over Icardi’s sale in January. Juventus are interested in the forward, but they’ve yet to make contact with the Parisian giants.
Romeo Agresti (via @ForzaJuventusEN) paints a similar picture. There is “nothing concrete” between Juventus and Icardi at this stage.
Juventus vice-president Pavel Nedved said ahead of Saturday’s draw with Venezia that he doesn’t think it’ll be “impossible” to sign a new striker in January. Gianluca Di Marzio understands the club want to sign a “big” striker between January and next June.
Could that striker be Mauro Icardi, as opposed to Fiorentina sensation Dusan Vlahovic?