French champions Paris Saint-Germain are planning to sell Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi in order to fund an ambitious move for Manchester United star Angel di Maria this summer.
This is according to the Daily Star, who cite Spanish reports as claiming PSG are keen to offload Cavani and Lavezzi before making a move for Di Maria in order to avoid falling foul of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.
The Ligue 1 title holders have already been fined £20 million for failing to meet FFP regulations and run the risk of an even stiffer penalty by signing more big names without balancing their books.
Cavani and Lavezzi could leave PSG
It’s understood that Cavani, who has been linked with both Arsenal and Liverpool, would generate around £45 million, while Lavezzi is available for £14 million.
This would total a combined £59 million in player sales - the price Manchester United paid Real Madrid to sign Di Maria last August.
PSG keen on Di Maria
PSG were desperate to sign the Argentina international last summer but were forced to pull out because of FFP.
Incidentally, Di Maria admitted earlier this season that he would still be tempted by a move to PSG if the opportunity arises again in the future.
The 26-year-old was quoted by Telefoot as saying: "It could have been a good experience for me to go to Paris.
"I know I’m still young, perhaps I’ll go to PSG one day. I don’t know how it will all end."
Di Maria unhappy at Man United?
Di Maria has failed to produce his best form on a consistent basis since joining Manchester United last summer, and reports this week claim the South American is already considering his future at Old Trafford.
This news came to light days after it was revealed that Di Maria’s house had been targeted by burglars.
The former Real Madrid star and his family are now staying at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester, rather than their permanent accommodation, with his wife reportedly too scared to return home.
A move to PSG would allow Di Maria and his family the chance to escape Manchester and begin their next chapter of their lives together in France.
But whether Di Maria leaves Old Trafford will ultimately depend on whether Manchester United are willing to sell the most expensive player in British football history so soon after buying him.