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Newcastle: Magpies have budget to land Icardi

An update has emerged on PSG forward Mauro Icardi, regarding a potential transfer to Newcastle United.

What’s the talk?

According to Gazzetta Dello Sport, via Sport Witness, the Magpies have the budget required to seal a deal for the Argentine in January, with €50m-€100m (£84m)  said to be ‘petty’ for PIF.

The report claims Newcastle are one of the teams interested in taking Icardi away from Paris, with his lack of game time prompting him to consider his future.

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Imagine him and Wilson

Newcastle could finally replace the underperforming Joelinton by securing a deal for Icardi in January. We recently published an article highlighting how poorly the Brazilian performed against Tottenham on the weekend, with his display indicative of his time in the North East.

Joelinton joined the Magpies from Hoffenheim for £40m in 2019 and has only managed six goals in 77 Premier League matches for the club. This suggests that he needs to be replaced and bringing in the PSG centre-forward could allow them to axe the ex-Bundesliga attacker.

Icardi could also form an exciting partnership with current striker Callum Wilson. Since the start of last season, the Newcastle man has scored 15 goals in 27 Premier League starts, showing that he has the quality to score goals on a regular basis in the top-flight.

The PSG finisher, meanwhile, has demonstrated his ability to find the back of the net throughout his career. He has scored 36 goals in 73 games for PSG, after netting 124 strikes in 219 games for Inter. Juventus and Italy centre-back Giorgio Chiellini once lauded the attacking demon, claiming he is one of the best players he has played against. He said:

“Among the great attackers I have faced, I highly value Icardi, who inside the area is almost impossible to mark. Mauro against Juve has often scored, it hurt me.

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“He’s a world-class centre-forward, even if he lacks something in the collective game, he’s a Trezeguet but with different characteristics, lethal in the aerial game but perfectible outside the surface.”

This means that Newcastle could form a lethal strike partnership by playing with Wilson and Icardi in the Premier League, potentially in a front two or with Wilson coming in off the left in a similar role to the one Joelinton is currently playing.

Therefore, PIF could improve the club’s attacking options whilst also axing a player who does not deserve his spot in the side.

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