Manchester United will face a fight to keep hold of star summer signing Angel Di Maria at the end of the season, as Paris Saint-Germain manager Laurent Blanc remains intent on luring him to the Parc des Princes.
The information comes from French newspaper Le 10 Sport, who cite Le Parisien when they claim that the fact the Argentina international moved to Old Trafford for nigh on £60 million this summer hasn’t dampened Blanc’s interest any. It’s said that the PSG boss hasn’t ruled out moving for Di Maria again next summer, and has him on a shortlist of targets he thinks will improve his squad.
Di Maria battle
At various stages before Di Maria signed for United it looked likely that he would leave Real Madrid for the Ligue 1 champions, though the Financial Fair Play rules ultimately scuppered any chance of a deal happening.
PSG’s purchase of David Luiz for £50 million near the start of the window meant that they had to sell a top class player in order to bring another one in, and in the end it proved too difficult a task.
Now, despite the fact that Di Maria has a lengthy contract worth around £280,000-a-week, PSG could well aim to get business done at the culmination of his maiden campaign with the Red Devils; a move that could be significantly fuelled if United fail to qualify for the Champions League again.
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Though the 26-year-old has settled well into life in Manchester his most recent games have seen his form take a turn for the worst. It’s hardly time to hit the panic-button just yet but injuries and poor performances on the whole are threatening to derail Van Gaal’s debut season, and the Dutchman has already been forced to field weakened teams on more than one occasion thanks to matters that are out of his hands.
Good form in France
PSG are having no such troubles, and despite a poor start they’ve launched a resurgence in recent weeks which has seen them charge to second place in the French league. Only Marseille look like standing in their way of winning yet another domestic title, and if Blanc can continue to channel his side’s dominance there’s no reason why they won’t reach the latter stages of the Champions League.