Angel Di Maria has agreed to sign a contract worth £7million a year with Paris Saint-Germain, with his move to the French champions all but officially done and dusted.
The latest from France on the matter is that the Argentina international’s exit from Manchester United is now a foregone conclusion, with L’Equipe stating that the financial side of things has been wrapped up.
All but done
Indeed it appears that even the most optimistic United fans will have to accept that they are losing Di Maria, who will be presented by PSG as their latest blockbuster signing next week.
The report in question claims that Di Maria is still at home in Argentina, having gone AWOL after missing a flight due to take him to the US to link up with Louis van Gaal’s pre-season squad.
Pen to paper
The 27-year-old is thought to be trying to spend as much time as possible at home, but will leave South America to put pen to paper on his deal with PSG within the next few days.
That contract is certainly worth catching a flight out of Bueno Aires for, as it will tie Di Maria to Laurent Blanc’s side for four years, with the player supposedly in line to earn £7m-a-year during that time.
For United fans the announcement of his departure will provide closure on the only transfer saga that has threatened to outdo the David de Gea to Real Madrid debacle in terms of exposure, though many of the Old Trafford faithful began to accept the rumours as truth a long time ago.
NO love lost
Given that the former Real Madrid man was a shadow of the player who helped his old club to the Champions League during the 2013/14 season, there’s not many who will shed tears when United cash in on him to the tune of around £45m.
That said it could be argued that he hasn’t been given proper time to settle in England, and the Di Maria who patrolled Louis van Gaal’s wing might have been able to rekindle some of the flame he was known for in La Liga had he been given another year to prove himself.
Bad times at United
What didn’t help was the infamous burglary of the player’s £4m Manchester mansion during the early days of his United career.
Having started well for the Red Devils following his club record transfer his form then dipped, and the fact that someone had successfully broken into his home appeared to affect him far more than many expected.
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