For the first time since the announcement of the final transfer from Argentina to Paris Saint-Germain, Inter expressed its opinion on this operation, through its sports director.
Last summer, when Leonardo managed to take advantage of the divorce pronounced between Mauro Icardi and Inter Milan to get the loan from the striker who is now 27 years old, the sports director of Paris Saint-Germain had been praised. A flair all the more welcomed since the Brazilian had also concluded an agreement on a purchase option set at € 70 million. Recruit a striker of the caliber of Icardi at this price, a major performance. On the ground, the Argentinian international (8 selections, 1 goal) has also proved his leader right.
If he had a more complicated second half of the season with Thomas Tuchel with 6 goals scored in 13 matches in all competitions (including 3 against ASSE in the quarter-final of the League Cup last January), the native of Rosario had conquered everyone with 14 goals scored in 18 games between September and December 2019. As PSG prepares to see the best goal scorer in its history, Edinson Cavani, ensure his succession with an Icardi at this price all of a sudden.
Inter is satisfied
So when the champions of France finally managed to recruit the player definitively in exchange for a check for € 50 million-plus € 8 million in bonuses, the feeling of having made a huge deal is very great. In Italy, even if relations between Icardi and Inter had become frozen, observers still wonder why the Nerazzurri have agreed to come back on an agreement guaranteeing them 70 M €.
Questions to which nerazzurro sports director Beppe Marotta, answered. “We were good, it was a very difficult operation. We have achieved our objectives, including that of the purchase option, ”he said in an interview with the Gazzetta dello Sport , before continuing. “The operations are conceptualized. This was carried out during a financially difficult period (coronavirus crisis). It is not worth thinking about the past or tomorrow: this agreement satisfies us today. We made a technical choice and a project choice a year ago. We respected it. “ All’s Well That Ends Well then.