French champions Paris Saint-Germain are set to make a £45 million offer to Manchester United for their record signing Angel di Maria.
This is according to the Mirror, who understand PSG and their manager Laurent Blanc will push to make the deal happen when the transfer window re-opens this summer.
Manchester United have insisted they have no plans to offload their £59.7 million signing, who arrived from Real Madrid last August, but Louis van Gaal will have a big decision to make if he feels the Argentina international is unlikely to settle at Old Trafford.
It’s understood that Di Maria’s family remain unsettled in Manchester following an attempted break-in at their Prestbury mansion earlier this year, despite the fact they have since relocated.
Di Maria himself has also struggled on the pitch - even though he has scored three goals and contributed 12 assists in the Premier League this season - and has not started in a league fixture for Manchester United since the team’s 1-0 win over Newcastle in early March.
Di Maria's struggles continue
He started against Arsenal in the FA Cup several days later but was shown a red card after pulling on the shirt of referee Michael Oliver - undoubtedly the lowest ebb of his Manchester United career so far.
Since then the world-class winger-turned-central midfielder has not been named in Van Gaal’s starting line-ups, although there’s a chance he will return to the fold this Saturday - against West Brom at Old Trafford - following the Red Devils’ shock 3-0 defeat to Everton last weekend.
Manchester United fans expected a lot more from Di Maria when he first signed - and they had every right to.
This is the player who was named Man of the Match during last season’s Champions League final and had just enjoyed his best season for Los Blancos. It seemed almost mysterious why Real Madrid were selling him, despite the fact they had just secured the services of Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez.
PSG will need to increase their offer
PSG were strongly interested in signing Di Maria last summer and, this week, the club’s owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi revealed the South American ace would now be plying his trade at the Parc des Princes were it not for UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations.
The Parisians, however, may need to increase their £45 million offer to tempt Manchester United into selling Di Maria.
It seems very unlikely that United will agree to take a £15 million loss on a player they signed less than 12 months ago - and a player who could still have a big role to play in the club’s future success.
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