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Angel di Maria is perfect for PSG, claims Alain Roche

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Angel di Maria would be the perfect signing for Paris Saint-Germain this summer, according to club legend Alain Roche.

The Ligue 1 champions were ever so close to signing Di Maria last summer, but found their route to the Argentine blocked by Uefa's financial fair play regulations.

Manchester United eventually agreed a British record transfer fee of £59.7m deal with Real Madrid to bring him to Old Trafford, but despite signing a long-term deal worth £265,000-a-week, is already being linked with a move away.

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Di Maria, 27, has failed to adapt to the rigours of Premier League football and now finds himself on the bench for Louis van Gaal's men.

With Manchester United now being linked with another mega-money move for Di Maria's former team-mate Gareth Bale, there is talk that the Red Devils could cash in on the unsettled winger with PSG likely to be one of few clubs willing to take him off their hands.

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Should that opportunity arise, Roche, who played 193 games for PSG between 1992 and 1998, thinks his former club should pull out all the stops to bring Di Maria to Parc des Princes.

"In my opinion, PSG should sign a left winger who could make the difference. Argentina international Di Maria would be a perfect fit"

The perfect fit

"You have to score goals in order to make the difference at the highest level," the ex-France international told L'Equipe.

"It gives defenders and midfielders a lot of confidence when they know their attackers can score a goal from out of nowhere. It changes your entire approach.

"In my opinion, PSG should sign a left winger who could make the difference. Argentina international Di Maria would be a perfect fit.

"He can open up a defence, create chances, score goals and can play in all positions in attack. He would be a huge bonus for PSG."

More time needed

Di Maria is not the first world-class player to struggle in the Premier League. The likes of Andriy Shevchenko and Juan Sebastien Veron have arrived for big money in the past but left with their reputation in tatters.

But as Arsenal's Mesut Ozil is starting to prove, given time a player can eventually start to flourish. Gary Neville is one man who believes Di Maria still has what it takes, but must be given time by Van Gaal.

“United do need wide players,” he told his weekly Sky Sports Podcast. “Ashley Young has had a fantastic season but, as much as he’s done well out there in recent months, Juan Mata isn’t a wide right player.

“It will be interesting to see what happens with Angel Di Maria as well.

“Actually, I believe in Di Maria as a player. We’ve watched him a lot for Real Madrid and you could see his level of performance was outstanding.

“That’s not happened this season and you’re thinking Ashley Young has done better this season, [Maraoune] Fellaini’s been better, Mata’s done better. Is Di Maria going to do better under Van Gaal?”

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