Manchester United are ready to sell Angel Di Maria to Paris Saint-Germain next summer in order to fund a blockbuster move for either Gareth Bale or Cristiano Ronaldo, according to sensational claims in the Daily Express.
The British publication, citing reports from France, plays up the idea that Louis van Gaal is prepared to offload his marquee signing from this summer in order to finance a potentially word record-breaking move for one of the planet’s biggest superstars.
United interest in a deal
Recent rumours have insisted that United harbour an interest in Bale, whilst it’s long been assumed that they would take back Ronaldo if given but the slightest hint that he were available.
It’s believed that PSG’s admiration of Di Maria is certain to be enough to prompt a big-money bid for his services next summer, and if that’s the case then United could well have their ears open.
With Bale valued at a supposed £90 million, and Ronaldo sure to have a valuation in excess of that, Van Gaal will know he’ll need a large cash injection to make either move feasible, and PSG could give him just that.
Di Maria on the move?
As Di Maria only joined United this summer, for a figure extremely close to the £60 million mark, his own price tag will remain high, and the fact that PSG appear to have finally given up the ghost with regards to their long-winded pursuit of Chelsea’s Eden Hazard leaves Laurent Blanc with plenty of money to spend.
What makes this whole saga even more interesting is that the Ligue 1 giants came extremely close to landing Di Maria this summer, only for Financial Fair Play rules to scupper the possibility of a deal.
With PSG having already spent £50 million on David Luiz there was little room for manoeuvre when it came to negotiating anything else with regards to monetary outlay.
Fast forwarding to next summer however spending might not be such a problem, particularly if they decide to offload Edinson Cavani. Backed by Nasser Al-Khelaifi’s billions there’s sure to be no shortage of money at the Parc des Princes, though it remains to be seen what Di Maria, who currently earns around £180,000-a-week at Old Trafford, would be sold for.