Arsenal get chance to sign Mauro Icardi from PSG
The well-known and well-respected journalist has told CaughtOffside that striker Icardi was offered to Arsenal earlier this summer, but the North London club turned it down.
Arsenal eventually signed Brazil international striker Gabriel Jesus from Premier League champions Manchester City in the summer transfer window.
Romano told CaughtOffside: “Arsenal have had many opportunities that they have turned down, but this happens in all the top clubs every day,.
“For example, Mauro Icardi was an option offered to the club in recent months and it was decided not to proceed because they were looking for a different striker, Edu has always had Gabriel Jesus in mind as a priority.
“Sometimes the refusal is for technical reasons, other times for economic reasons.”
Mauro Icardi has not been at his best at Paris Saint-Germain in recent times, but he is a genuinely brilliant striker who would have made Arsenal better.
Now, of course, Mikel Arteta and Edu will know what’s best for Arsenal, but you wonder whether the Gunners should still make a move for the striker.
Jesus and Eddie Nketiah are the two senior strikers at Arsenal at the moment, and maybe the Gunners could do with another player upfront.
Icardi, who earns £157,000 per week as salary at PSG (SalarySport), worked with Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel at PSG.
FotMob quoted Tuchel as saying about Icardi in January 2020: “The guy is super reliable and very, very professional. He understands football tactically, works defensively and is very, very efficient.
“His work and his reliability for the team is very impressive, but I don’t want to talk about the purchase option.”
Tuchel is one of the best managers out there, and him speaking so highly of Icardi makes you wonder whether Arsenal made a mistake in not signing the 29-year-old Argentine striker.