Manchester United winger Angel di Maria has agreed a five-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain according to reports in France.
The Argentinian winger joined the Red Devils from Real Madrid last year in a club record transfer worth £59.7 million, but after starting life in the Premier League quickly he faded badly and lost his place in the first team.
Reports suggested he was struggling to adapt to life in Manchester, something not helped by the fact his house in the city was targeted by thieves in the hours after the game against Leicester last season.
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Di Maria was close to joining Paris Saint-Germain before he eventually headed towards Old Trafford, and now the Ligue 1 club have had their Financial Fair Play restrictions lifted by UEFA they are free to pursue him once more.
According to French newspaper Le Parisien, Di Maria has agreed a five-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain already. They add that a fee hasn't been agreed with Manchester United as yet, but it is expected to be in the region of €60-65 million.
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Le Parisien even go as far to suggest that the transfer could be wrapped up quickly enough for Di Maria to turn out against Manchester United in their pre-season friendly against PSG in Chicago on July 29.
That would represent a loss from the £59.7 million last year, around €75 million, that the Red Devils forked out last season. Their willingness to take a hit on the deal could be because of their interest in PSG forward Edinson Cavani.
Swap deal possible?
Reports yesterday claimed that Cavani has emerged as manager Louis van Gaal's number one option to replace Robin van Persie, who is close to completing a switch to Fenerbahce. Cavani is said to be unhappy at the Parc des Prince and would be open to a move having played second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic since his move from Napoli in 2013 for £55 million.
Previously Di Maria has insisted he would remain with Manchester United for the upcoming season, saying in June: No [I'm not leaving], because I’m not thinking like that. In Madrid there were times when I was whistled around the stadium but faced it and then it turned around. I like to deal with things.”
However reports this morning say that Di Maria is growing in increasingly unhappy in Manchester and could push for a move. He is currently away on holiday after his exertions in the Copa America left him with a hamstring injury and put his participation in pre-season in doubt.
The fact that Paris Saint-Germain have had their sanctions lifted means that all bets are off; Manchester United have previously insisted that Di Maria will stay but the French club now have the financial power to do as they please - and boss Laurent Blanc has confirmed he wants Di Maria.
Although it would be seen as strange, letting Di Maria go to PSG if Cavani is included makes sense; Van Gaal needs to balance his squad and needs a striker, and the Uruguayan is one of only a few top-quality options available.