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Manchester United & PSG agree €65m deal for Angel di Maria

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Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain have agreed a fee of €65million for Angel di Maria, according to France Football journalist Nabil Djellit.

The winger is expected to travel to the USA and join up with PSG on their pre-season tour, with a makeshift presentation coming as soon as Friday.

Di Maria is still enjoying a summer break after starring for Argentina in the Copa America but will cut it short in order to complete his move to the Ligue 1 club.

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A breakthrough in negotiations seems to have come shortly after Louis van Gaal announced that he expected the 27-year-old to join him and the Manchester United team on July 25.

He told reporters yesterday: "When we think we have something then I shall say it, but he shall come here on July 25."

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It now appears that a deal could well be agreed before that date. Coincidently, he will be flying to the USA regardless as PSG are undertaking a similar schedule to that of the Red Devils.

The transfer fee

The €65m deal equates to around £45.5m and would seal a significant loss on Manchester United's original investment, a British record £59.7m. Considering that was less than a year ago, the fee is indicative of how far Di Maria's stock has fallen.

But keeping him at Old Trafford for another season would have been a huge financial risk as it is likely his valuation would drop even further if he failed to perform once again.

Struggled to settle

If earlier reports are to be believed, Di Maria's preference was always to join PSG over Manchester United, but was forced to accept a move to the Premier League outfit after financial fair play halted Lauren Blanc's attempts to sign him.

That is not to say that Di Maria did not try to succeed as a Manchester United player, but he and his wife and struggled to settle in the city, a task made even harder when armed robbers attempted to break into their Cheshire home.

Reinvest

Van Gaal can use part of that £45m to sign Barcelona star Pedro, who has been touted as possible replacement in recent days. The Spaniard has struggled for game time under Luis Enrique and could be signed for as little as £22m.

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Paris Saint-Germain
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Premier League
Angel di Maria
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