Angel Di Maria transfer looks close to being completed.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the Argentine international looks close to finalising a transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, with sources in France cited in both articles.
L’Equipe has reported that a fee has been agreed between United and PSG, though additional information from the BBC suggests that the fee may not yet have been completely finalised, though the deal does seem likely to be going through.
BBC Sport reported earlier this week that Van Gaal expected Di Maria to link up with the squad for pre-season, but he has now confirmed that the 27-year-old has not made it, despite officially stating that this was anything to do with transfer talks with the Ligue 1 champions.
The BBC say Di Maria will travel to New Jersey for a medical with the French giants instead of making the journey with the rest of the United squad, making it a very quick exit from Old Trafford for a player who joined in an eagerly-anticipated move only a year ago.
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The South American attacker became the club’s record signing for a fee of £59.7m (as reported at the time by BBC Sport), but struggled to settle into English football in an up-and-down first season in the Premier League.
Still, it comes as something of a surprise that he seems set to quit already, with the player still managing a decent return of four goals and eleven assists in total, and showing some moments of real class, such as his chipped goal against Leicester City.
If the Di Maria transfer does go through, he will join Radamel Falcao in leaving the club after just one season, which could be a worrying omen for Van Gaal’s dealings in the transfer market, as a number of others brought in so far have not exactly hit the ground running either.