Manchester United could consider a swap deal with PSG
Manchester United haven’t had the best public relations with their transfer targets recently, with the club linked with so-called ‘bad boys’ in Marko Arnautovic and Adrien Rabiot. Now the club can add another to that list in Paris Saint-Germain’s Mauro Icardi.
According to Argentinian website TNT Sports:
Mauro Icardi has no place at Paris Saint-Germain and, in fact, Christophe Galtier himself assured that he was looking for a new destination and that he no longer worked alongside his colleagues in the Parisian casting. In recent hours, a giant from England has come forward as interested: Manchester United.
PSG are looking for a striker so we can see a swap deal for Marcus Rashford. TNT Sports added:
And one of these (attackers) targeted by the Parisian club is Marcus Rashford, the Red Devils striker, and this could facilitate the Argentine’s arrival at the Premier League club.
Given PSG’s interest in the 24-year-old striker, Icardi could be part of the operation and arrive in the England team on loan, with an option to buy. The truth is that United will have to incorporate a striker in case Rashford leaves because, added to the possible departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, Erik Ten Hag doesn’t have too many variants in attack.
Why does he have a bad boy reputation?
Icardi’s bad reputation started when he started a relationship with his now wife Wanda Nara, who is the ex-wife of Icardi’s former Sampdoria teammate Maxi López. Icardi got a lot of bad press for this, especially in his native Argentina, and despite his talent he only managed eight appearances for his country.
At Inter Milan, Icardi also fell out with his teammates and supporters. He is, however, a very effective striker who has scored goals everywhere he has played. At Inter he scored 124 goals in 219 games and at PSG he scored 38 in 92 appearances.
It would seem like a recipe for disaster to add Icardi to this struggling Manchester United squad. Although Old Trafford have had controversial strikers who have played for them in the past, for example Eric Cantona. But that was when Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge and the club are still trying to replace their legendary manager.
“This club is trying to self-destruct”
Man United fans advise club not to sign ‘TOXIC’ striker from PSG Mauro Icardi after reports linking him with summer switch https://t.co/0U4ZoMC8qy
– MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) August 12, 2022
Is he what Manchester United need?
Manchester United are in desperate need of a striker and Cristiano Ronaldo still wants to leave the club. They let Edinson Cavani go and didn’t replace him while Rashford is now linked with a move to PSG.
Icardi is a complete centre-forward, fast and an excellent finisher. However, last season he scored just four goals in 24 appearances for the French champions. He hasn’t managed to score more than 20 goals in a season since the 2017/18 season when he was at Inter Milan.
Against Brighton they played with Christian Eriksen as the most advanced man and it didn’t work. They face Eriksen’s former club Brentford and Eric ten Hag needs a result.
Icardi may not be perfect but Man United, despite the club’s prestige, are not in a position where they can be managers at the moment and he could be the best they can get.