Mauro Icardi has no plans to leave Paris Saint-Germain amid speculation he could be on his way to Premier League giants Newcastle United in 2022, agent Gabriele Giuffrida has said in quotes reported by Tuttomercatoweb.
Reports linking the Magpies with a £15 million swoop for Jesse Lingard or the cut-price addition of James Tarkowski are unlikely to have supporters dancing in the streets of Tyneside.
But we’d argue signing a couple of proven, experienced Premier League performers could be a sensible start to a bold new era at St James’ Park.
Newcastle’s new Saudi Arabian owners may have £500 billion to play with but we shouldn’t make the mistake of assuming Mohammed bin Salman and co have more money than sense.
Tarkowski may not be most people’s idea of a ‘dream’ signing but it will take some time before Newcastle, winless and just two points off the bottom of the table, can conceivably go head to head with Manchester City or Real Madrid in the transfer market.
Newcastle may have gone from Sports Direct to Sainsbury’s but no-one at St James’ Park will be buying their groceries in Waitrose just yet.
But while Newcastle look set to take a slow-and-steady approach to a substantial rebuilding project – investing in infrastructure as well as playing staff while taking into account Financial Fair Play limitations – reports continue to link the club with the odd marquee signing, a Philippe Coutinho, Harry Kane or Mauro Icardi.
But until Newcastle are back in contention for the Champions League – or at least out of the relegation zone – the Tarkowskis and Lingards of this world could be the order of the day.
Could Newcastle lure PSG star Mauro Icardi to England?
“(He is) happy. Moving away from Paris is, for me, the last thing on (his) mind,” says Giuffrida, who played a key role in the £45 million deal that took Icardi from Inter Milan to PSG.
“It’s difficult to leave PSG.”
That situation could change by January, however, if one of the deadliest goalscorers on planet earth continues to play such a minimal role at football’s answer to the Harlem Globetrotters.
With Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Lionel Messi now ahead of him in the pecking order, Icardi has started just five games in all competitions for PSG this season.