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Manchester United will sell Angel di Maria for £47 million

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Manchester United will accept an offer of around £47 million for Angel di Maria if one is made by Paris Saint-Germain this summer, according to reports in France.

Di Maria became the most expensive player in the club's history when he completed his £59.7 million switch from Real Madrid last year, but after starting life in the Premier League quickly he soon faded and by the end of the season had lost his place in Louis van Gaal's starting line-up.

The Argentinian international, who helped his country reach the final of the Copa America where they lost to hosts Chile, managed just three league goals all season and didn't score in the Premier League after finding the back of the net against Everton in October.

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Paris Saint-Germain were close to signing Di Maria before he eventually opted for Manchester United - and now the club have been freed of their Financial Fair Play restrictions they are back in for him this summer.

According to RMC Sport the French giants have made an official approach to Manchester United who have not ruled out the possibility of selling up. Indeed the French source claim that the Red Devils have said they will accept an offer of €65 million, around £45 million, as Van Gaal remodels his squad for the upcoming season.

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As it stands the problem in any deal is that Di Maria is holding out for wages worth around €12 million-per-year while PSG's current offer stand at €10 million, although the difference is unlikely to be a major problem for one of the world's richest clubs.

Interest

Di Maria has previously admitted he would be open to playing in Paris in the future, and admitted in November that playing in Ligue 1 would have been a 'great experience'.

However the 27-year-old has complained of burn-out having featured for Argentina in the World Cup last year and was forced from the pitch in the Copa America final with another hamstring injury that means he may struggle to be available for the first game of the season next month.

Opinion

Although at face value it is a shock to see that Di Maria could be sold at a loss, a deal this summer wouldn't be a complete surprise. He was fairly disappointing last season and the fact he's been playing all summer long puts him on the back foot already for the upcoming campaign.

His wages are said to be worth £280,000-per-week and that is a lot of money that could be used to help Van Gaal bolster his squad further. He needs a striker and won't find one of the cheap, and Cavani, who is said to be unhappy in Paris could take his place.

PSG boss Laurent Blanc admitted over the weekend when asked if he wanted to sign Di Maria: "Yes. We have our priorities."

He added: "Di Maria, he’s good.We have more freedom, but it remains a difficult project for us because we’re not alone in wanting him." It looks like there's more to this one than the usual transfer rumours.

Would it be embarrassing for Manchester United to sell Di Maria already?

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Paris Saint-Germain
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Angel di Maria
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