Paris Saint-Germain believe that they can wrap up a deal for Manchester United’s Angel Di Maria within the next few days.
According to the Daily Mail, the Ligue 1 champions are confident that they can secure the signature of the Argentina international by this weekend, as the Red Devils are already considering who they could purchase with the cash acquired from his sale.
The English newspaper state that Louis van Gaal informed the former Real Madrid star that he would receive increased playing time following Robin van Persie’s Fenerbahce transfer; however, the report suggests that United consider the winger expendable – given his market value.
The Express reported that the Premier League giants have given the 27-year-old a £50m price-tag, but would be willing to accept a straight swap deal with PSG for Edinson Cavani.
However, with the Daily Star later claiming that Les Parisiens had refused the offer, van Gaal may be prepared to accept a cash deal for the forward, as the Daily Mail suggests.
The Daily Mail go on to state that the former Netherlands manager is sympathetic towards the Argentine’s struggles to adapt to life in Manchester, perhaps after the burglary suffered on his Cheshire home in February [via The Guardian], and is prepared to grant the player an exit – if a worthy offer is received.
At a press conference in Seattle, as United prepare for their pre-season tour of the States, van Gaal admitted that Di Maria’s future at the Theatre of Dreams is uncertain:
“In football, it is a process, as I have said many times before in press conferences. It’s not clear in one day.
“It’s a process for Angel Di Maria, it’s a process for Manchester United and we shall see.
“But he is still a member of Manchester United and he has said to me he will come on July 25,” as quoted by Sky Sports.
In his debut campaign at Old Trafford, Di Maria scored just three goals; however, despite the criticism, he recorded an impressive tally of 10 assists – the third highest in the Premier League behind Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas (18) and Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla (11) – suggesting that those slamming his performances may be unjust in their unfavourable comments.
After scintillating performances at the Santiago Bernabeu prior to his move to England, it would certainly be disappointing if he turned his back on the Red Devils so soon after joining.