Mauro Icardi Signs Permanent Four-Year Deal with Paris Saint-Germain

Mauro Icardi is making things permanent…

The 27-year-old Argentine professional Inter Milan soccer player, who plays the Argentina national team, has signed a permanent four-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain.

Mauro Icardi

Icardi spent the 2019-20 season in the French capital on loan and the Ligue 1 champions have taken their option to sign him permanently, keeping him in Paris until 2024.

The deal would be worth €50 million euros plus €7m euros in potential add-ons, which is significantly less than the €70m release clause included in his loan agreement, according to ESPN.

Inter Milan recognized that due to the current situation with the coronavirus pandemic, it was fair to lower their asking price. Inter Milan have long wanted to sell the striker, who joined the Nerazzurri seven years ago from Sampdoria.

In a statement on Inter Milan’s website, the club thanked the striker for his contribution to the team during the six seasons he spent with them.

Icardi made his mark on PSG last season, making 31 appearances in the 2019-20 season. He scored 20 goals and provided 4 assists on the team’s road to picking up the Ligue 1 title.

PSG had a 12 point lead on nearest rivals Marseille when the league was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Formiga Signs One-Year Contract Extension with Paris Saint-Germain’s Women’s Side

Formiga is staying in the game…

The 42-year-old Brazilian footballerwill extend her professional career into a 27th season after signing a one-year contract extension with Paris Saint-Germain‘s women’s side.

Formiga

Formigais the French side’s vice-captain and is now tied to the club until the summer of 2021.

Formiga – whose full name is Miraildes Maciel Mota– has been in Paris since January of 2017 when she joined from Sao Jose.

She scored four goals en route to winning the 2018 Coupe de Franceand has made 77 PSGappearances. She set the record for the oldest female scorer in European competition at 41 years and 193 days when she found the net in a 7-0 rout of Sporting Bragain the Champions Leagueround-of-16 first leg in September 2019.

In 2015, Formiga became the oldest scorer at a women’s World Cupwhen she netted at the age of 37 years, three months and six days.

She broke another record in France last summer when she played in her seventh World Cup– 24 years after the first of her 195 caps, in which she has scored 29 goals.

Formiga was also a Copa Americawinner with Brazil in 2018 and has made six Olympic appearances with the aim of retiring from the professional game after the rearranged 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

PSG were second to Lyon in the table, three points behind and due to host the leaders next, when football was brought to a global standstill by the coronavirus.

Although the French Football Federationhave since announced that the 2019-20 season has been brought to premature end, Lyon have not yet been officially crowned champions for a record 14th time.

FC Barcelona Stepping Up Efforts to Bring Neymar Back Into the Fold

Will Neymar return to Spain?

Futbol Club Barcelona will reportedly step up the team’s efforts to sign the 27-year-old Brazilian professional footballer next summer, according to ESPN.

Neymar

The Barca hierarchy believes that Neymar is the natural replacement for Lionel Messi. The club believe it’ll be easier to bring Neymar back to Camp Nouonce Messi is gone, given that Neymar has already played there and there aren’t too many players at his level.

The Brazil international retains a good relationship with Barca despite his acrimonious exit to Paris Saint-Germainfor a world-record €222 million fee.

Mundo Deportivo‘s front page earlier this week said Barca will attempt to sign the forward depending on his performances during the second half of the season, when PSG will look to finally win the Champions League.

Neymar has a tense relationship with the French champions, who refused to let him join Barca last summer despite the club’s best efforts.

PSG’s owners continue to make things difficult for Barca, which could go to FIFAto decide a fee, given the player has been at the club for three years and has no release clause.

Neymar Jr. Teams Up with DJ Snake for Special FIFA 19 Promotion

Neymar Jr.is teaming up with DJ Snake

FIFA 19 is a new level of power playing in the popular EA Sports series, and the company enlisted powerhouses in sports and music to help promote the edition, situating soccer fans from around the world in head-to-head game competitions; with the 26-year-old Brazilian-born forward paired with DJ Snake.

Neymar Jr. & DJ Snake

Neymar Jr. currently plays for DJ Snake’s hometown team, Paris Saint-Germain F.C.,  and the “Taki Taki” deejay/producer considers Neymar Jr. his favorite player.

“When you’re playing against the greatest, you can’t really prepare,” he says. “You already know he’s going to beat you…I have so much respect for him. The way he plays, it’s like he can see what’s going to happen before it does. [He’s] always ahead. We are very lucky to have him at PSG.”

The friendly pair met at PSG stadium, which DJ Snake says is like a “second home.” He’s in their dressing room after every match. It was nice for the pals to get some hang time, and they also had a chance to meet with some local kids who admire their work as professionals both on stage and on the pitch.

FIFA 19 is available now.

Cavani Signs Lucrative Five-Year Deal with Paris Saint-Germain

Edinson Cavani has landed a record salary en Francia

The 26-year-old Uruguayan soccer star – a prolific goal-scorer known for his ability to score impressive goals – has signed a five-year contract with  Paris Saint-Germain.

Edinson Cavani

The defending Ligue 1 champion paid Napoli $84 million – a record in French soccer – for Cavani, who led Italy’s Serie A with 29 goals last season.

Napoli drove a hard bargain, PSG owner Nasser el-Khelaifi said at a press conference to introduce the soccer club’s latest acquisition, though adding that the deal was indispensable to his project of making the Parisian side “the best team in Europe.”

The transfer announced on Tuesday is the fifth most costly in the history of professional soccer.

Cavani, who helped the Uruguayan national team win the 2011 Copa América, will receive a salary of 10 million euros a year.

“I have been able to verify the confidence the team has in me from all the efforts they have made and all the money they have invested in my signing,” said Cavani.

PSG’s first league title in almost two decades was due in great part to the scoring prowess of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who led Ligue 1 with 30 tallies, and the addition of Cavani is likely to take some pressure off of the Swedish international.

Moura Named New Member of the Paris Saint-Germain Soccer Club

Lucas Moura is preparing for a Parisian fútbol experience…

The 20-year-old Brazilian soccer star has been named the newest member of the Paris Saint-Germain soccer club.

Lucas Moura

Moura has signed a contract with the team through June 2017, a deal that involved a transfer fee of 45 million euros (about $60 million) to his former squad, FC Sao Paulo.

Moura was publicly presented at a special ceremony at the Islamic Art Museum in Doha, since PSG is currently in Qatar, where the club’s owner lives.

Moura thanked his countryman, sports director Leonardo, for the role he played in arranging the transfer.

“Choosing PSG is a challenge … for me. Leonardo helped me a lot in my decision,” he said in remarks published by the L’Equipe Web site, adding that he wouldn’t have been able to finish out the season at Sao Paulo.

“PSG has a long history of Brazilian players and I hope to be able to write a new page of this history and give happiness to the fans,” said Moura.

Moura went on to mention that he’s aware that everyone has high expectations for him, saying he’s confident he won’t let them down.

Qatari team president Nasser Al-Khelaifi also paid tribute to Leonardo at the presentation, saying “without him, we would not have had Lucas Moura,” whom he characterized as “one of the best players in the world.”

After undergoing a series of medical exams that found no sign of any physical problems, Moura was scheduled to take part in his first practice wearing his new jersey on Tuesday afternoon.