Zlatan Ibrahimovic is unsure if Paris Saint-Germain need to sign Angel di Maria given the success they have enjoyed in recent seasons, although it would appear the Real Madrid winger is closing in on a transfer to the Parc des Princes regardless.
The future of Di Maria has been the subject of frequent speculation since the transfer window opened at the beginning of last month, and the arrival of James Rodriguez at the Santiago Bernabeu has only intensified suggestions that the Argentine will depart.
It has been claimed that an agreement is already struck between the two clubs, with the fee of €75 million for Di Maria set to become a record for PSG, although Ibrahimovic believes the Ligue 1 champions would be capable of adding more titles without him.
"I do not know if we need Di Maria,” Ibrahimovic said, as reported by AS.
“We have a team that in recent months has added many titles without him."
The sale of Di Maria is one that would have appeared relatively unthinkable immediately after Real Madrid’s triumph in the final of the Champions League, given the prominent role he played in the crunch matches of this successful campaign.
However, Real Madrid’s continued desire to spend significantly in the transfer market places even greater pressure on the club to fall in line with FFP, resulting in the required sale of players to balance the books.
The Rodriguez signing ensured at least one player of repute would have to leave Madrid, and Di Maria seems like he will be the one to depart. This deal will at least cover the cost of the Colombian, although others must leave if Madrid are to pursue Radamel Falcao.
Di Maria’s apparent availability has understandably led to links to several clubs, with the 26-year-old having arguably been the best player in Europe for the second half of the last campaign.
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Manchester United have been credited with interest as Louis van Gaal continues to consider potential attacking reinforcements, although Di Maria’s imminent arrival in Paris might not be bad news at all for the Old Trafford club.
PSG’s spending is even under greater scrutiny than that of Real Madrid given the FFP sanction placed upon them, and a deal for Di Maria would have to result in the sale of some of their highly valued assets.
Edinson Cavani could well be one of them, and the Uruguay international is a player to have frequently been touted as a Manchester United target, even if the striker himself has no desire to leave Paris.