PSG are set to go toe to toe with both Manchester United and Bayern Munich in the battle to sign Real Madrid midfielder Angel Di Maria, according to the Daily Star.
PSG were rumoured to be interested in making a bid for the Argentinian international, who helped his nation reach the finals of the World Cup held in Brazil last month, but face the problem of falling in line with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations. If a transfer was to be made, at least one of PSG’s star names would have to leave the club with Edison Cavani, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Marco Verratti all been linked with a move away from the capital to finance a deal.
Aftermath of Luiz deal
After the £50million signing of David Luiz from Chelsea, PSG will be eager not to surpass the regulations as they did last year, with firmer sanctions expected for clubs that do exceed the recommendations.
PSG were considering a loan move for Di Maria, before signing him on a permanent deal next summer, falling in line with UEFA’s regulations. The 26-year-old is currently the biggest transfer target for manager Laurent Blanc, who seems keen to get his man.
However, it won’t be as easy at that though. Both United and Bayern are also said to be considering bidding for the midfielder. United have been pondering the move for several weeks, but are awaiting confirmation from new manager Van Gaal that he wants the deal to continue.
United's transfer business
United have already spent £60million on bringing Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera to the club, but the transformation of the side is still ongoing. Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who is in charge of bringing players in, has said that the club have the finances to break the club's current transfer record. Juventus’ Arturo Vidal is also still being heavily linked with the 13-time Premier League champions.
Bayern are also looking to take advantage of the unfavourable position Di Maria finds himself in. With the arrival of James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos, the 26-year-old could find a frequent place in the starting eleven difficult to come by.
With the German champions looking for a replacement for Kroos, the Argentinian could be tempted across the continent to play for one of the best European sides. The arrival of Di Maria would be a major boost for Bayern as they seek their third consecutive Bundesliga title.