Paris Saint-Germain have made an opening offer of €40million (£28.5m) for Manchester United star Angel di Maria. The two clubs are in advanced negotiations, according to the Guardian, but the Red Devils are still demanding significantly more.
United's executive vice-chairman Woodward is believed to be deeply embroiled in talks with PSG owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi over a deal for Di Maria. The Argentinian has decided to leave Old Trafford after one disappointing season and Woodward has accepted the idea of losing a significant amount of the £59.7m they originally paid Real Madrid to sign him.
The offer on the table at the moment, however, would represent a huge loss of over £30m and has been deemed unacceptable by the United supremo. Woodward has told officials at the Parc des Princes that a much bigger offer will be needed.
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Their crumbling negotiating position is making things harder. PSG are well aware of Di Maria's desire to quit and know his position in the Manchester United squad is essentially untenable. The winger's whereabouts are still unknown after he failed to report to United's pre-season training camp in the USA on Saturday.
It would be some surprise to see Di Maria retain the No7 shirt at Old Trafford and return to the club for the new season and PSG are hoping that the difficult situation can land them a bargain. But as Woodward has proved in his negotiations with Real Madrid over David de Gea, the Premier League outfit are in no desperate need to sell any of their players.
Whatever happens to Di Maria, it seems Louis van Gaal has already got a replacement lined up in the form of Barcelona star Pedro. The winger has a release clause on his contract amounting to £22m and is open to the idea of swapping the Nou Camp for Old Trafford.
Pedro has lost his place in Barcelona's first-team to the attacking trio of Neymar, Luis Suarez and Leo Messi. Luis Enrique stills rates the 27-year-old but has made it clear that he will be a back-up option if he stays in Catalunya.
Back to Di Maria
For Manchester United, cutting ties with Di Maria cannot come soon enough. The player is obviously so disillusioned with life in the Premier League that he is willing to break a contractual agreement by failing to turn up for work.
Currently earning £280,000-a-week, even a club like Manchester United cannot realistically afford to keep him in the squad. The idea of him rekindling his best form at the club is trivial and will only become a further drain on the club's resources. It will serve to drive down the eventual transfer fee that PSG will have to pay.
Is £28.5m a GOOD price for Angel di Maria or should Man United force him to stay at the club if PSG refuse to pay more?