Manchester United’s lack of Champions League football next term may well have cost them the signing of perhaps their biggest summer transfer target, according to ESPN.
The broadcasting giants claim to have knowledge that Angel di Maria, despite the up and down speculation surrounding his future, prefers a move to Paris Saint-Germain as they will be competing in Europe’s premier competition next term, whereas United won’t be.
The Red Devils’ disastrous seventh placed Premier League finish during their last campaign means that they won’t even be in the Europa League during Louis van Gaal’s maiden season, and that could mean that their proposed move for one of the continent’s hottest properties falls by the wayside.
Di Maria interest
For some time now it’s looked as though the battle for Di Maria’s signature would be raged between just two clubs in United and PSG, with both ready to pay extortionate amounts to land him. The Real Madrid star is worth as much as €75million to his current club and, though United aren’t currently short of attacking players, chief executive Ed Woodward has recently confirmed they will break records to sign the best talents available.
Though Carlo Ancelotti tells people at every turn that he expects Di Maria to remain at the Santiago Bernabeu past this summer the captures of James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos have left Madrid needing to balance their books, and Florentino Perez will almost certainly consent to a sale.
United’s woes continue
In an attempt to quickly forget the failings of last term nearly everyone who’s anyone at United has tried to sweep the events under the carpet and focus solely on the future. Yet their inability to even manage a top four finish under David Moyes has now come back to haunt them in the worst way imaginable, and Di Maria’s predicted rejection will undoubtedly deal a blow to United’s plans.
The Argentinian international was exceptional at Madrid last season and a player of his repute and ability who almost certainly inspire Van Gaal’s team to a successful start. Yet he would do just the same at PSG, where Laurent Blanc is widely reported to be desperate to add another world-class, forward-thinking player to his roster.
Reports earlier on today claimed that the reigning French champions have returned with a €75million offer to convince Madrid to sell, and will offer the playmaker €8million-a-year to tempt him to Ligue 1. It’s said Edinson Cavani, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Javier Pastore will be put up for sale to fund the purchase, as Blanc and Co. look to ensure they don’t fall foul of Financial Fair Play rules.