Real Madrid’s Angel di Maria is set to become PSG's latest purchase of the transfer window, with the French champions preparing a bid of £63 million, according to the Daily Mail.
The Argentinian, who featured for the South American runners-up at the Brazil World Cup, scoring the winning goal against Switzerland in the last 16, has been expected to move away from the current Champions League holders. His place in the squad came under further pressure after the arrival of James Rodriguez from Monaco last week, who followed Toni Kroos in joining the Spanish giants.
The transfer could make Di Maria the most expensive player sold from Real Madrid, replacing the £42.5 million paid by Arsenal for Mesut Ozil last summer. However, the deal could face difficulties as the French champions need to be cautious of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules.
Having already spent £40million on bringing David Luiz to the capital from Chelsea, they may need to offload another player to make the deal fit in with the regulations. This has led to rumours that Edinson Cavani, who has been linked away from the club for the majority of the summer, could be shown the exit door to accommodate Di Maria.
PSG are said to be weighing up the option of signing Di Maria on a season long loan with the opportunity to make the deal permanent next summer, which would bypass the guidelines set out by UEFA. Although, if PSG did chose this option, some of the current first team players may feel their role within the squad put under pressure to accommodate the 26-year-old.
Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti does not expect the attacking midfielder to be going anywhere though. The Italian has said that Di Maria will join up with the rest of the team on August 5 when training resumes. The Argentinian is currently resting away from the squad after the World Cup whilst his teammates are on their pre-season tour of America.
Di Maria moved to Madrid in 2010 from Benfica in a deal around €25million. He has since gone on to make 189 appearances for the team, scoring 36 times and contributing 87 assists. Since being at the club, he has won the La Liga title once as well as the Champions League last season.
He had been expected to move to the Premier League this summer, with Manchester United one of the favourites to land his signature, but it seems as if PSG may have pipped them to the post. However, United could still benefit from the deal, as Cavani was one of their other targets earlier in the summer and could be available to make way for Di Maria.