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Manchester United will only sell Angel di Maria if he wants to leave

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Manchester United will only let Angel di Maria leave this summer if he requests a move according to the Daily Mail.

The Argentinian ace became Manchester United's all-time record signing when he completed a £59.7 million move from Real Madrid last year - but so far the switch hasn't paid off. 

The 27-year-old scored just three goals in 27 Premier League goals last season and limped off in their final game of the campaign against Hull on Sunday.

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There has been plenty of speculation about his future in recent weeks amidst reports that he could be on his way to Paris Saint-Germain. Reports surfaced over the weekend that he could be used as a swap deal for PSG full-back Gregory Van der Wiel plus cash while elsewhere its been claimed that the French club would like to take him loan with a £50 million option to buy.

According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal isn't willing to give up on Di Maria just yet and would like to have him as part of his team for next season - however that will change if the Argentinian asks to leave.

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The former Real Madrid man had a difficult season on and off the pitch after his house in Manchester was targeted by thieves, and he may ask for a transfer. According to the Mail, the Red Devils will only sell up if an extraordinary offer is forthcoming or the player himself makes it clear that he wants to leave.

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Manchester United are likely to be one of the most active teams in the summer transfer window having secured a return to the Champions League by finishing fourth this season, and Van Gaal, who spent over £150 million last summer, has already sealed a deal for PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay.

The Dutch coach is also said to targeting moves for Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi, Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba and Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, who could arrive as a replacement for out-going forward Radamel Falcao. 

The Colombian spent this season on loan at Old Trafford but the club have opted against taking up his £43 million signing option. Van Gaal said after the decision was announced: "Falcao is a top professional and a good human being. I would like to wish him well for the future," 

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There are more than a few whispers about the future of Angel di Maria - but as it stands the numbers are against a move happening. Manchester United won't want to lose a penny on the sum they spent last year and PSG have their hands tied behind their backs in terms of FFP as things stand.

What is interesting for Di Maria is the arrival of Depay who could limit his first team chances - unless he is shifted into the middle of the pitch which could spell the end of the Marouane Fellaini experiment.

How much would PSG need to offer in order to persuade Manchester United to sell up?

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