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Angel di Maria could be heading for £50m Man United exit

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Manchester United midfielder Angel di Maria could be sold after just a single season at Old Trafford, if the Red Devils are prepared to take a £10 million hit on their British transfer record capture.

Di Maria has failed to settle in England despite a promising start to life at Old Trafford, an opening salvo which seems a distant memory based on his performances over the last two months.

The Argentine international's body language has told a telling story, failing to hide the demeanour of a man who is unhappy at this present moment. That worrying trend means United must seriously consider selling Di Maria if things don't improve, although The Mirror believes front runners for his signature Paris Saint Germain won't be prepared to pay more than £49m.

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United have a decision to make

A break-in at the Di Maria family home seems to have compounded a drift in form on the pitch for Di Maria, who has been tried in a variety of midfield roles over the last three months and failed to shine in any of them.

A ruthless operator in United boss Louis van Gaal can't allow that situation to continue long-term, which means a decision has to be made over the £59.7m man's future at the end of the season.

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PSG interest is genuine

If, and its a big if, United opt to cut their losses on Di Maria and move in a new direction, then PSG are the club best place to take advantage.

The French champions tried to sign the wing wizard from Real Madrid last summer but had to concede defeat due to financial fair play regulations, leaving United free to swoop unopposed.

Laurent Blanc's side simply had too many high earners on the wage bill not ready to move on, but a change in that situation looks set for this summer and give them the freedom to offer Di Maria a belated chance to shine in Paris.

Classy operator needs more time

Stories of Di Maria's discontent have fuelled fresh transfer speculation, but United spent big on the linchpin of Madrid's Champions League success for a reason and should back him to come good.

Di Maria is a clever, technically gifted player who is experiencing problems that come with the culture shock of a move to England, far from the first big-money signing not afford the time to adapt he so desperately needed.

That's probably down to his transfer fee and whopping £280,000-a-week wages, but United have to resist the temptation to sell even if an alternative becomes available.

Van Gaal has to back himself to get the very best from Di Maria next season, an experienced manager with a CV which suggests he's the man to do just that.

Man United fans, what's your opinion on the Di Maria situation? Why has he struggled so badly in recent weeks? Would you consider selling him for £50m? Let us know by having your say in the comment box below!

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