Paris Saint-Germain manager Laurent Blanc has confirmed that a deal for Angel Di Maria to move to the Parc des Princes is ‘close’, following mass speculation on the topic.
The Argentina international reportedly failed to join Louis van Gaal’s pre-season training camp in the US at the weekend, and the Dutchman himself admitted he wasn’t sure why Di Maria wasn’t on the plane.
Consequently rumours have been abound that the winger is poised to join French giants PSG, a club he has been long linked to and almost joined before opting for Manchester United last summer. As relayed by ESPN, Blanc’s latest comments on the matter make for positive reading for his club’s supporters.
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"The matter is close to being finished," the PSG boss said.
"I'm rather positive about it but, in transfers, we have seen what can happen -- so as long as it's not official...
"When I tell you that, it's the truth. The most important thing is to see him in the PSG squad. But as you know, he belongs to a great club called Manchester United. Be patient!"
Di Maria exit-bound?
United fans might be surprised to a degree that Di Maria appears to be leaving them only 12 months after arriving from Real Madrid.
The ex-Benfica man wasn’t at the races towards the back end of the season but remains a top asset on his day, and it will be a shame if he doesn’t get a second chance to prove himself in English football.
Nevertheless said deal marks the end of tireless effort on Blanc’s part. Di Maria has been registered as one of PSG’s most important targets for quite some time now, and so they will have been rubbing their hands when his maiden campaign in the Premier League didn’t go to plan.
Yet there remains a potential obstacle regarding the fee PSG are willing to pay to get their man, if the varying reports over monetary sums are anything to go by.
Some claim Blanc has agreed to splash £52million for Di Maria, which isn’t too far away from what United paid for him last summer, whilst others infer there’s still negotiating to be done as the Parisian outfit only want to pay close to £30m.
Prepare for the worst
In any case Van Gaal, regardless of whether he wants to keep the forward, has already started planning for a future without him it would seem.
The latest rumours strongly infer a deal for Barcelona’s Pedro is in the pipeline, and his arrival would certainly soften any blow felt by the fans.
United fans, do you think Di Maria is all but gone now? Will his departure represent a poor venture by Van Gaal? Let us know in the comments box below.