Angel Di Maria could officially become a Paris Saint-Germain player by the end of today after talks in Doha at the weekend.
The London Evening Standard appears to confirm that the negotiations that continued yesterday over the Argentina international’s drawn out transfer to PSG went well, and as a result an agreement might be finalised within the next 24 hours or so.
It’s believed United have agreed a €63million fee with the Ligue 1 champions and granted Di Maria permission to speak with his would-be new club as a result, though his own demands will have to be met if he’s to sign on the dotted line.
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Deal for definite?
That looks like a foregone conclusion now given that he went AWOL from United’s pre-season training camp in the US following his participation in the Copa America. What’s more, PSG boss Laurent Blanc confirmed last week that he believed a deal was close.
If and when Di Maria does leave, fans at Old Trafford will be left to ponder what might have been. Having broken the club record to sign him for £59.7m last summer, Louis van Gaal will be chief amongst those disappointed that he didn’t find his feet in England, particularly after starting so well.
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Loss of fortunes at United
Many will point to the attempted burglary of his mansion in February as to the reason for his sustained poor form during the closing stages of the season, although even without that he may not have settled well.
On top of that Memphis Depay was purchased prior to the opening of the summer transfer window, and with rumours abound that Barcelona’s Pedro is the next on Van Gaal’s hit-list, perhaps Di Maria knew his day were numbered in Manchester.
PSG's good business
As a result he’s chosen to move to the club who were desperate to land him last summer. In Blanc’s fold he’ll become the new pin-up boy for PSG as they seek to make further inroads in the Champions League.
In that respect he’s an ideal purchase. Not only did Di Maria win Europe’s most prestigious prize with Real Madrid, but he won the man of the match award in the final, so ‘been there, bought the t-shirt’ doesn’t quite do his experience in the competition justice.
United fans, do you just want to see the Di Maria done and dusted now? Let us know in the comments box below what you think.