Angel Di Maria’s protracted transfer to Paris Saint-Germain could be concluded within days, and will help the French club take their game to the next level, according to Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane.
The now-Los Blancos coach, who famously retired from playing in 2006 after head-butting Italy’s Marco Materazzi and being sent off in the World Cup final, has lauded PSG’s decision to buy Di Maria, stating that he will offer them something they currently lack.
Deal almost done
It looks highly likely that the Argentina international is to leave Old Trafford merely 12 months after signing from Real, and the Parc des Princes is his expected destination.
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"He's the kind of player that can take you to the next stage. That's what they need to go further in the Champions League," the former France international said, as per ESPN.
"Angel Di Maria can contribute his energy, the difference he makes when he accelerates, he has the quality to do something. I think that it will happen in the coming days."
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A great player
For all Di Maria’s failings during his time in Manchester it’s difficult to argue with Zidane when he praises the former Benfica man’s talents.
At Real he was a player defined by his ability to break down opposition defences with his speed and technique, whilst on the international scene he’s proven himself capable of consistently performing at the highest level.
And yet for some reason Louis van Gaal was never able to harness his true ability, with Di Maria having failed to impress on English shores.
Di Maria at United
A club record signing for £59.7million, the 27-year-old started well but faded dramatically over the course of his maiden Premier League campaign, and the arrival of Memphis Depay appears to have pushed his nose further out of joint.
As it stands a departure from United looks to be more of a formality than a possibility, with the player supposedly having gone AWOL from pre-season training, skipping a scheduled flight that would have seen him link up with his teammates after his extended post-Copa America break last weekend.
If that is the case he’ll be a welcome addition to PSG, who themselves have a number of squad issues needing to be cleared up before the new season gets underway. Chief amongst those is the position of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who could well leave after three magnificent seasons in Paris.
It’s likely Laurent Blanc will part ways with one or two players to make both funds and room for Di Maria’s purchase.
Ibrahimovic won’t raise cash due to his age, and his position as a central striker isn’t likely to be filled by Di Maria either, meaning that perhaps Ezequiel Lavezzi or Edinson Cavani could face being sold.
United fans, do you think the Di Maria deal is imminent? Is it a shame that’s set to be sold? Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments box below.