PSG race against time to make Icardi deal permanent

Ligue 1 giants Paris-Saint Germain are presently in a race against time to close a permanent deal for Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi.

The Argentine has been on loan at the Parc des Princes this season after being sent parking from Inter Milan by Antonio Conte and there is a £62.8m option to sign him permanently which expires this Sunday on May 31.

PSG have been negotiating with Inter all this while and trying to get the Serie A outfit to lower the asking price for the striker, and even proceeded to offer £44.7m (€50m) plus a further £8.9m (€10m) in add-ons last week.

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Reports suggest that the talks between the two sides for a deal for the striker are going on smoothly and both sides hope to agree in the next four days. If a deal is not reached by the end of May 31, PSG will also have to renegotiate terms with Icardi.

Meanwhile, if Icardi eventually returns to Inter Milan next week, he won’t be eligible to play for them on the resumption of Serie A action. This is because FIFA prohibits the registration of loan players making a return from leagues that were not completed.

Icardi found the back of the net 20 times for PSG in all competitions this season before the suspension and subsequent calling off of the league in April due to the COVID-19 pandemic.