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Mauro Icardi set for permanent move to Galatasaray

Mauro Icardi is closing in on a long-term move to Galatasaray, according to French outlet L’Equipe.

Icardi spent the recently-concluded season on loan in Turkey where he netted an impressive 22 goals, including nine in the final six matches.

He helped Galatasaray stroll to a first league title since 2019 at the expense of city rivals Fenerbahce and Besiktas.

Having fallen out of favour at Paris Saint-Germain, a return would have been ill-advised for Icardi and it was no surprise to see the striker express his desire to move to the Nef Stadyumu.

“I really want to stay in Istanbul,” Icardi told NT Sports (h/t Sportal) back in June.

“In Paris I was with the best in the world, but I didn’t hear anything on the street – here I see great interest in me.” 

With PSG and Galatasaray on the verge of reaching an agreement, Icardi looks set to get his wish of a permanent transfer to the reigning Super Lig champions.

Galatasaray will reportedly pay a transfer fee of €10 million for the Argentine who has already agreed personal terms.

Icardi is not the only player who could leave Parc des Princes for Turkey this summer, as Leandro Paredes is also on Galatasaray’s radar ahead of next season’s title defence.

After getting a deal for Icardi over the line, Galatasaray will continue their pursuit of a new left-back after sending Patrick van Aanholt on loan to Eredivisie outfit PSV Eindhoven until June 2024.

Fresh off the back of returning from a loan spell himself, RB Leipzig’s Angelino is believed to be the prime target for Galatasaray and an opening offer for the 26-year-old is imminent.

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