Manchester United could be about to aid Liverpool in one of their biggest transfer pursuits of the summer, as French sources claim that Ezequiel Lavezzi will push for an exit should Angel di Maria move to Paris Saint-Germain.
The Argentinian is said to be content to remain at the Parc des Princes for now and Laurent Blanc has made no official announcement hinting that he could be sold, but the situation remains on tenterhooks whilst the speculation remains regarding Di Maria’s potentially imminent arrival.
French newspaper Le 10 Sport, citing fellow publication L’Equipe, claims that Lavezzi has told close sources he will seek a departure from PSG should any other competitor for his position be acquired. Therefore Blanc’s protracted chase for Madrid star Di Maria, which looks increasingly likely to be resolved in the next few days, may well pave the way for the winger to leave, with Liverpool a likely destination.
Brendan Rodgers has money yet to spend following the £75 million departure of Luis Suarez and a player of Lavezzi’s obvious experience would only serve to strengthen their ambitions with regards to competing in both the Premier League and Champions League. A host of players have joined the Anfield ranks in recent weeks but none of them are possessive of the sort of star quality Lavezzi can boast, and that will likely factor into the Liverpool boss’ ultimate decision.
The £20 million price-tag on the former Napoli star’s head will matter little should Rodgers indeed push ahead with his intentions, though the feasibility of a deal going through depends largely on Di Maria.
Di Maria tussle
Lavezzi’s compatriot, who starred at this summer’s World Cup, has been at the centre of a transfer tussle between PSG and United for some time now, with neither Blanc or Louis van Gaal ready to concede any ground. In this specific chase the French champions’ wealth of financial riches means very little, as the Financial Fair Play restraints in place mean that they can’t spend mindlessly unless they raise the cash themselves.
Despite this it looks as though Di Maria is close to agreeing to a move to Ligue 1, with Champions League football surely ranking high amongst the deciding factors, and so Lavezzi might well in turn push for an exit before the end of the window.
Much like Edinson Cavani Lavezzi has struggled to have the same sort of impact at PSG as he did with Napoli, and so Blanc probably won’t deem it too much of a blow should he leave. Rodgers won’t mind one bit though, and the playmaker will certainly bolster his frontline.