Why Man Utd turned down Mauro Icardi before PSG transfer

Manchester United were offered the chance to sign Mauro Icardi last summer. Inter Milan proposed the Argentina international during negotiations for Romelu Lukaku, who Antonio Conte was eager to land. However he’s since made his loan move to PSG permanent, moving to the Parc des Princes in a £52million transfer deal.

United were offered the chance to take Icardi off Inter’s hands after Conte deemed the Argentina international surplus to requirements.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was primed to lose Lukaku at the time, having told the Belgium international he wasn’t part of his long-term plans at Old Trafford.

However, United declined the offer because of doubts over Icardi’s attitude and concerns over the influence of his controversial wife, Wanda Nara.

They rated Icardi for his exploits on the pitch.

But they feel trouble seems to follow the Argentina international around and, consequently, didn’t take Inter up on their proposal of a swap deal.

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Nara infuriated Inter by regularly slamming the club for their treatment of her husband, with Icardi regularly benched towards the end of his spell at the San Siro.

And United simply didn’t want another big ego to enter the Old Trafford dressing room and disrupt the balance of Solskjaer’s squad.

Now, Icardi has joined PSG having enjoyed a successful loan spell at the Parc des Princes so far.

Despite competing with the likes of Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe for a starting berth, the 27-year-old has found the net 20 times from 31 matches across all competitions.

Inter confirmed that Icardi had left the club permanently earlier on Sunday, saying: “FC Internazionale Milano announces the transfer of Mauro Icardi to Paris Saint-Germain FC.

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“The striker, born in 1993, has permanently moved to the French club.

“The club thanks the player for the six seasons he spent with us and wishes him the best for his future professional career.”

Meanwhile, speaking recently, PSG boss Thomas Tuchel hailed Icardi for his impact and the professionalism he has shown throughout his time in France.

“He is very professional and very calm and confident,” the German said, shortly before the French football season was scrapped as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

“He arrived late in the summer, without doing the preseason and without adapting to the team.

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“He played straight away, without the weight of expectation. But everyone can go through a period out of form, a difficult time.

“But he is on the way back, he wants to play and he wants to score goals. That’s good for us.”

While United didn’t go for Icardi, they’re close to extending Odion Ighalo’s loan spell at the club.

Many were critical when the Red Devils landed the Nigeria international on loan in January after missing out on Erling Haaland, who joined Borussia Dortmund.

But Ighalo has silenced his doubters with four goals from eight games and now looks set to stay in England until January, where Shanghai Shenhua would expect him back.

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