When Antonio Conte returned to Italian football in the summer with Inter Milan, the former Juventus and Chelsea manager made one decision very clear.

As he sought to overhaul a side that has failed to keep pace in the Serie A title picture in recent years, Conte made clear his desire to change the culture at San Siro.

That meant the club’s top goalscorer, Mauro Icardi, had to go.

The Argentine endured a tumultuous relationship with fans and members of the club’s hierarchy in recent seasons, not least because of his wife, Wanda Nara.

But throughout he could be relied upon to find the back of the net; in 219 games, despite Inter consistently being in a state of flux, Icardi scored 124 goals.

Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi and his wife, Wanda Nara

Twice he was named in the Serie A Team of the Year, twice he won the award for Serie A top goalscorer and in 2018 he also took the Serie A Football of the Year prize – becoming the first non-Juventus winner in six years.

However, a few months after Icardi was stripped of the captaincy, Conte signed Romelu Lukaku, handed him the No.9 jersey, and made clear Icardi’s future lay elsewhere.

Thus, the 26 year-old found his way to Paris, PSG taking him on loan for the season amid Neymar’s push to leave and return to Barcelona .

When the transfer window closed, Neymar remained, along with Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani, Thomas Tuchel’s first-choice front three. Questions were asked whether Icardi had blundered in heading to France.

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Icardi joined PSG at the start of September

It has taken just 466 minutes for Icardi to fire back an emphatic answer. That’s how many minutes he has played for PSG across seven appearance. That’s how many minutes he has taken to score seven goals.

Injuries to Cavani and Neymar have seen Icardi given starting opportunities and he has thrived. He is already showing a firm understanding with Angel di Maria and his partnership with Mbappe destroyed Marseille at the weekend, the pair both bagging braces.

All is going swimmingly, and Icardi is suddenly on the rise once more.

BRUGGE, BELGIUM – OCTOBER 22: Mauro Icardi of Paris Saint-Germain celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal with teammate Kylian Mbappe during the UEFA Champions League group A match between Club Brugge KV and Paris Saint-Germain at Jan Breydel Stadium on October 22, 2019 in Brugge, Belgium. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

And that has translated With Football Index, the world’s first football stock market where you can Buy and Sell footballers with real money, where he can currently be found at a buying price of £2.12.

A month ago, that price was just £1.62 and at its lowest point in the summer was just £1.34.

Icardi is playing for his future and needs to continue to impress as he seeks to make his Parc des Princes’ move permanent.

Right now, he already looks a shrewd piece of business for PSG; he could prove likewise for Football Index players seeking to add to their portfolios.

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