Angel Di Maria's shall we say eventful period at Manchester United appears to be drawing to a conclusion, as his proposed move to Paris Saint Germain is reportedly nearing completion.
Sky Sports claim that Di Maria missed his scheduled flight on Saturday to join United on their US tour and now Laurent Blanc is confident that French champions can secure the £46.5million deal within 48 hours.
The move will come just 12 months after United broke the British transfer record to acquire the services of Di Maria in a £59.7m deal from Real Madrid in what was seen as one of the finest signings of last summer.
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Di Maria had just won the Champions League with Madrid, being named man of the match in the final; so what went wrong during his time at Old Trafford?
Was not the man for LVG's United
It seemed painfully obvious from the outset of his United career that his style of play and tenacious attitude was not what Louis van Gaal was looking for.
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He provided one of the goals of the season during the early stages of the campaign with a sublime chip against Leicester City, but it still remains arguably the best highlight of an underwhelming personal season for Di Maria.
His energetic and excitable style of football was something which at times was eye catching but it simply did not fit in with Van Gaal's possession-based mantra, which he sorely wants to create at United.
Coincidentally United's most impressive period of the season was when this style was effectively implemented and it will come as no surprise that Di Maria featured very little during this time.
Ousted by Ashley Young, a player who had come under heavy scrutiny during the majority of his career at Old Trafford, and forced to become arguably the world's most expensive bench warmer - his time was always nearing its end.
PSG a sensible move
PSG's current situation represents a huge contrast to the one which Di Maria found himself during the start of his United career; they are an established European powerhouse and secured the domestic double last season.
They are a team looking to improve their already impressive squad, not in the process of rebuilding, and in my eyes this is why Di Maria has more potential to thrive there.
PSG also boast arguably one of Europe's finest midfields, with Marco Verratti, Blaise Matuidi, Javier Pastore and Thiago Motta providing the discipline, composure and positional awareness which Di Maria needs in a team.
The stability of the midfield will surely allow the winger to utilise his awesome energetic offensive skills more effectively, and once again become the player defenders feared all across Europe.
Just take a look at Di Maria's performances for Argentina where he is given more freedom to do what he does best. During the Copa America he was possibly the best wide man in the tournament.
And why was he able to achieve these higher standards? Because he was supported correctly by a midfield of Javier Mascherano, Lucas Biglia and Pastore allowing him to flourish, similar to what he will receive if he makes the move to Paris.
Could repair his reputation
No one can deny that on his day Di Maria is one of the finest attacking players on the planet and from a footballing perspective it is sad to see his career stagnate in this way.
A move to PSG could be exactly what he needs to rebuild his reputation and regain his frightening reputation during the peak years of his career.
United fans, will you be happy to see Di Maria leave Old Trafford this summer? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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