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Newcastle United Locked In A Three-Way Battle For This PSG Striker: Dream Option For The Magpies?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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Calciomercato has recently reported that Newcastle United are locked in a three-way battle for Paris Saint-Germain striker Mauro Icardi. It is believed that the Magpies could face stiff competition in the form of Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur in the race to secure the services of the Argentine forward.

Icardi’s Up And Down Season At The French Capital So Far

The former Barcelona youngster has done well to produce some productive performances as a chief attacker of Mauricio Pochettino’s attack. However, the arrival of Lionel Messi at Paris has seen him lose his first-team privileges at Parc des Princes which could open the door for the Magpies to make an attempt to lure him to the Premier League next year.

Icardi has already netted three goals in ten matches for the Parisian outfit this season in all competitions. However, the Argentine talent has made exactly half of his appearances as a substitute which could be why he only managed to average 1.0 shots and 0.4 key passes per game in Ligue 1 football. Still, he deserves credit for distributing the ball accurately in the final third after completing 78% of his attempted passes in the top tier of French football (stats via whoscored).

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FARO, PORTUGAL – JULY 27: Mauro Icardi of Paris Saint Germain looks on during a Pre Season Friendly Match between Sevilla FC and Paris Saint-Germain at Estadio Algarve on July 27, 2021 in Faro, Portugal. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images) The 4th Official uses images provided by the following image agency: Getty Images (https://www.gettyimages.de/) Imago Images (https://www.imago-images.de/)

Is Icardi A Dream Option For The Magpies?

On his day, Icardi can be a world-class centre-forward as he is a clinical finisher in front of the opponent’s goal. He packs a lot of venom with his shot attempts and is an excellent header of the ball as he has got a great leap in him that allows him to outjump his marker inside the penalty box.

The Argentine sensation has a good football IQ and can get himself into some dangerous areas in the attacking end of the field. He can keep possession ticking quite well in the opposition half and is a good penalty taker as well.

Hence, we can expect Icardi to add plenty of quality to the Tyneside outfit‘s attack. He can be a goal-scoring machine when he is playing regularly on the pitch. Plus, the South American frontman could go on to form a lethal attacking partnership with Callum Wilson at St. James’ Park over the next few years. At 28, Icardi still has plenty of football left in him, so a world-class forward of his skill set will be a dream option for the Magpies next year.

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