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Manchester United could swap Angel di Maria for Gregory van der Wiel

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Manchester United could sign Paris Saint-Germain right-back Gregory van der Wiel in a part-exchange deal involving Angel di Maria.

This is according to respected French publication L’Equipe, who understand that PSG are closing in on a deal for the Argentina international.

However, because of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations, PSG may need to offload one of their stars in order to complete the deal - and Van der Wiel is the player who could move in the opposite direction.

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Another possible scenario is that PSG will sign Di Maria on loan, although it seems unlikely that Manchester United would agree to such a deal unless Louis van Gaal feels the former Real Madrid star no longer has a future at Old Trafford.

Di Maria, who United paid £59.7 million for last August, was handed his first start since March against Hull City on Sunday afternoon but lasted just 23 minutes before he was forced off with a hamstring problem.

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Deal could make sense for all parties

The 27-year-old has endured a difficult debut season at Old Trafford - not helped by an attempted break-in at his house earlier this year - and may feel ready to end his Manchester United ordeal by joining the Ligue 1 champions this summer.

Van der Wiel, meanwhile, would be a useful addition to the Red Devils’ squad.

The 27-year-old, who has been capped 41 times by the Netherlands national team, would be an upgrade on both Rafael and Antonio Valencia.

Furthermore, Manchester United can still expect to receive a significant amount of cash from PSG - along with Van der Wiel - if they agree to offload the disappointing Di Maria.

Manchester United fans: should Louis van Gaal sell Angel di Maria to PSG this summer? Would Gregory van der Wiel be a useful signing? Have your say in the comments below!

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