Mauro Icardi responds to Man Utd interest with striker free to leave PSG | Football


Icardi has been told he can leave PSG (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United are in talks to sign Mauro Icardi from Paris Saint-Germain as they seek to bring in a striker before the summer transfer window closes.

Erik ten Hag is desperate for the club to bring in another option up front even if Cristiano Ronaldo remains at Old Trafford this season.

Anthony Martial impressed leading the line during pre-season but a hamstring injury saw him miss the opening day defeat to Brighton and is set to remain on the sidelines for Saturday’s trip to Brentford.

United have missed out on highly-rated youngster Benjamin Sesko who has agreed to join RB Leipzig next summer having also abandoned talks to sign Marko Arnautovic after a fierce backlash from supporters.

Argentina international Icardi is now being considered, according TyC Sports. PSG boss Chistophe Galtier has already informed the striker he is not part of his plans in the French capital, urging him to find a new club this month.

According to the report, Icardi would welcome the opportunity to join United with a loan move with a purchase option a possibility.

Galatasaray are also interested in the former Inter Milan star, with his wife and representative Wanda Nara meeting with the Turkish giants to discuss the move.

PSG striker Mauro Icardi

Icardi joined PSG for €60m in 2020 (Picture: Getty)

With Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi, Neymar and now Hugo Ekitike ahead of him in the pecking order, 29-year-old Icardi is free to leave PSG this summer.

‘I told him that I want to reduce the size of the squad and not work with 25 outfield players,’ Galtier said during a press conference.

‘The club is working closely with Mauro to find the best possible solution.

‘He’s had very little game time and I think it would be best for him to get back up and running.’

United boss Erik ten Hag meanwhile once again underlined United’s need to bring in more firepower before the transfer window closes on 1 September.

‘Of course, it was better to get the players earlier, then you get them earlier in the process,’ ten Hag said. ‘In midfield and in offence, you have seen when there is one injury, we have a problem. That’s clear.’

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