Paris Saint-Germain are in advanced talks to sign Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria merely one year after the Red Devils broke their transfer record to purchase him from Real Madrid.
That’s the astonishing claim made today in French newspaper Le Parisien, by French journalist - and Le Parisien writer - Arnaud Hermant.
When asked for his thoughts on the futures of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Di Maria, the former of whom has been heavily linked with a Parc des Princes exit this summer, Hermant replied with a statement that implies his belief the two men could be playing together next year.
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Di Maria hasn’t had the best of seasons, it must be said, but all the same Hermant’s revelation, if indeed it turns out to be backed up by credible evidence, will surprise many.
“I do not really think (Zlatan will go). It’s difficult to let your best player leave even if it is late in his career – especially because of fair play regulations. And yes, with Di Maria PSG are in advanced talks," Hermant said in a Q&A.
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Di Maria at United
On top of only having played the one solitary campaign in the Premier League it would be unfair to state that Di Maria had been a total flop. The Argentina international was mesmerising during the early stages of the season and has shown what he’s capable of in snatches since.
It could be argued that so long as he can find a level of consistency in his game whilst in England he would be one of the division’s top performers, and so Van Gaal might want to resist cashing in on him simply because he hasn’t ran rampant during his first 12 months at Old Trafford.
That said the Dutchman will have an interesting decision to make if PSG’s offer is genuine. The Ligue 1 champions have plenty of financial backing and would almost certainly consent to paying a similar fee to what United recorded as an outlay last year when they signed Di Maria from Real.
As for PSG’s interest that’s about the only part of the speculation that can be accepted as the gospel truth. The French giants tried desperately to pinch Di Maria before United could do their business last summer, only to be foiled by the Financial Fair Play restrictions FIFA had placed upon them.
With that in mind it can be guaranteed that they’ll return to the charge once this year’s summer market opens if there’s but the slimmest of chances that they might be successful. That’s particularly pertinent when it’s considered that the powers that be will expect Laurent Blanc to do better in Europe next season.
Having secured three titles in a row now the emphasis will surely switch to one focused on being serious challengers for the Champions League. To do that they’ll need players like Di Maria, regardless of whether United want to keep him or not.
United fans what do you think to Le Parisien’s claim? Will Di Maria leave in favour of PSG? Let us know your predictions in the comments box below.