Angel di Maria appears to be edging closer to leaving Manchester United, with Paris Saint-Germain optimistic of tying up a deal for the unsettled Argentina international.
The French champions feel there is a chance they could have the player signed as early as this weekend, according to respected French publication L’Equipe, after reaching an agreement with the player over personal terms.
It was reported on Tuesday, by French newspaper Le Parisien, that Di Maria had agreed a five-year contract with PSG, who have matched the £230,000-a-week wages he currently earns at Old Trafford.
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PSG must agree a transfer fee with Manchester United and, according to The Times, are set to make an offer worth around £45 million later this week.
United, however, want a fee closer to the £59.7 million they paid Real Madrid for the versatile winger last summer.
United will not be signing Cavani in return
The report adds PSG are not willing to offer striker Edinson Cavani as part of the deal - an interesting point echoed by French football journalist Julien Laurens on talkSPORT this week.
PSG could make Cavani their first-choice striker next season with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 33, now coming to the end of his spell as a world-class centre-forward.
The Uruguay international may have been sold in order to fund a move for Di Maria had PSG’s Financial Fair Play not been lifted earlier this month, but UEFA’s recent U-turn means Laurent Blanc is able to spend freely this summer without being required to offload the prolific striker who is wanted by a host of top club.
This means that Di Maria and Cavani could line-up alongside each other at the Parc des Princes next season.
Di Maria unhappy in Manchester and likely to leave
Di Maria and his young family are unhappy in Manchester following a turbulent first year living in the English city, which included an attempted break-in at their rented mansion in Prestbury earlier this year.
Van Gaal has long maintained that he will not stand in Di Maria’s way of leaving Old Trafford if his family fail to settle in Manchester - and it’s beginning to look unlikely that the world-class Argentine will be part of the Red Devils’ squad for their opening game of the 2015-16 Premier League season against Tottenham on August 8.
Di Maria is currently resting after helping Argentina reach the Copa America final in Chile - the 27-year-old suffered an injury in the final earlier this month - and is set to join up with his Manchester United teammates in the United States in a couple of weeks time alongside compatriot Marcos Rojo.
But at this rate, Rojo might end up travelling alone to the US as Di Maria finalises his lucrative move to PSG.
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