Paris Saint-Germain chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi hasn’t yet given up on the idea of signing Manchester United star Angel Di Maria this summer, although former Chelsea man Kevin de Bruyne has become another target.
That’s according to French magazine France Football, who imply that PSG could well try and make a shock move to prise Di Maria away from Old Trafford merely a year after his arrival from Real Madrid.
The Ligue 1 giants fought with United for the Argentina international’s signature when it was made clear that he would be departing the Santiago Bernabeu last year, though in the end Financial Fair Play stood in their way to some degree.
However Di Maria hasn’t settled into life in the Premier League nearly so well as his early form this season would have let on, and as a result the speculation still remains that he might be cashed in for United to attempt to find an upgrade.
Less than a year after making a €65 million move to Manchester he’d certainly have a very high sell-on value and if Louis van Gaal believes he isn’t going to produce the goods then PSG could be in with a shout.
At the moment the French giants have problems of their own, with this year’s Ligue 1 title race being harder for them to navigate than in years past. It’s Lyon who currently sit top of the table across The Channel, and if it stays that way Laurent Blanc could well find himself out of a job.
Regardless of his situation though Al-Khelaifi will certainly move to strengthen his squad once more should major silverware not be acquired, and in that respect Di Maria is a logical option.
The only thing potentially standing in the way of negotiations being set up is Financial Fair Play, though with the futures of Edinson Cavani, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all being debated in recent times the French giants could raise cash through sales.
De Bruyne option
There are other options on the table of course, not least De Bruyne. The midfielder has performed admirably for VfL Wolfsburg this term and he's restored his reputation having fallen off the wagon somewhat at Chelsea. On top of that he’d likely be a far cheaper alternative to Di Maria.
Given the fact that United's Argentine is a world-class asset on his day we think it extremely unlikely that he’ll be heading anywhere this summer, though unless his performances pick up the plausibility does remain.
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