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Manchester United end Paris Saint-Germain negotiations over Angel di Maria

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Manchester United have called off negotiations with Paris Saint-Germain over the sale of Angel di Maria, according to BeIn Sports.

The Argentinian international only joined Manchester United last summer in a club record deal worth £59.7 million. 

However he failed to find his feet and lost his place in the first team by the end of last season, prompting speculation that he could be on his way out of Old Trafford. Now the speculation has grown, with France Football reporting last night that a €65 million fee has been agreed between the two clubs.

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BeIn Sport dispute that claim, and say that Manchester United have pulled the plug on talks after they reached a standstill. 

It is worth noting that the television station is owned by Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who also owns Paris Saint-Germain.

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Previously, PSG boss Laurent Blanc has confirmed he is interested in signing Di Maria, while his Manchester United counterpart Louis van Gaal has remained tight-lipped over the whole saga. The former Real Madrid ace is due to link up with his current team-mates on Saturday after an extended break following the conclusion of the Copa America.

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It was previously believed that PSG were pushing to have the deal completed before they face Manchester United in a pre-season friendly on July 30.

Di Maria and his family are said to be unhappy in Manchester following the move. Their house was targeted by thieves at the start of the year after the game against Leicester, which prompted them to move temporarily into a hotel. There has also been suggestions that the former Benfica man shares an uneasy relationship with Van Gaal.

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This seems a little out of sync with the rest of the reporting on Di Maria, and it's worth noting that BeIn Sport are only reporting the news across their Arabic channels at the moment, and none of the other major outlets are following suit.

Although almost every Manchester United fan wants him to stay but there's a feeling amongst the supporters that it wouldn't be the worst thing if he leaves, especially when the club can get almost all of their money back.

Pedro is a more than adequate replacement and the future still looks bright for the Red Devils.

Pedro or Di Maria - who is the better player to start for Manchester United next season?

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