Angel di Maria would appear to be edging ever closer to a transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, although Manchester United remain the odds on favourites to conclude a deal for the Real Madrid player before the deadline.
Di Maria available
Di Maria was a supreme performer for Real Madrid last season, and was man-of-the-match in the Champions League final, but the Argentina international would appear surplus to requirements following the arrivals of James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos.
With Di Maria supposedly available for transfer at the right price, it is claimed Manchester United are prepared to commit £100 million to ensure the winger arrives at Old Trafford, and these reports are reflected with the bookmakers.
Sky Bet have Manchester United at 5/4-on to triumph in pursuit of Di Maria, with PSG at 9/4 and Ligue 1 rivals Monaco, who have also been linked, given far more distant odds of 6/1 to be the victors.
However, this would appear to be a decent price for PSG given a report in L’Equipe on Tuesday which claims the club have agreed a deal that will see Di Maria move to the Parc des Princes within the next week or so.
PSG and Real Madrid are supposed to have come to a loan agreement with a view to a permanent €65 million transfer this time next year, although the finalisation of the deal will be delayed until the French champions sell a player.
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With PSG under sanction after breaking FFP rules, which has restricted them to a €60 million net spend, they are under pressure to sell before they can recruit again - even if it is a loan deal like the one for Di Maria.
As well as their transfer spending, PSG’s wage bill is also the subject great scrutiny under the same regulations, and they are in a position where space needs to be made prior to further signings.
Ezequiel Lavezzi is reported to be the player that PSG are attempting to shift in order to make room for his compatriot, and the former has been linked with a transfer to Liverpool.
Other candidates to leave are Javier Pastore and Edinson Cavani, and the proposed deal for Di Maria will result in something of a domino effect in Paris. There are still plenty of twists and turns to come.