Angel di Maria has seemingly confirmed his move to Paris Saint-Germain from Manchester United after giving an interview admitting he was 'happy' to be on his way to Ligue 1.
The Argentinian international joined the Red Devils from Real Madrid in a deal worth £59.7 million last year but after a bright start faded badly and lost his place in the first team.
Overall he managed just three Premier League goals and is now on his way out of Old Trafford in under 12 months.
Although no deal has been officially announced it is expected to be shortly after the winger underwent a medical in Qatar, and now Di Maria has confirmed the £44 million transfer is going ahead.
Speaking to BeIn Sports, which is owned by PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Di Maria says he is looking forward to getting started with his new club, and wants to help the French giants make an impact in the Champions League next season.
The Argentinian international is quoted as saying: “I am very happy to join PSG. What I know about PSG is that it is a team that won all the possible trophies in France last season. This is very important for the club. I also know that I want to overcome the obstacle that is the quarter finals of the Champions League.
"I am going to try to bring the best of my abilities to put myself at the service of this team. We are going to try and go as far as possible in the Champions League.”
Manchester United are said to be looking at Barcelona winger Pedro as a potential replacement, although they are yet to make a formal offer. The 27-year-old has a release clause worth €30 million and although Barcelona want him to stay until after the UEFA Super Cup showdown against Sevilla, the deal could be done before then.
It looks like football's worst kept secret is about to come out, Di Maria is off and Manchester United are getting most of their money back.
Of course with hindsight the Red Devils wouldn't make the deal but at the time Di Maria was coming off a stellar performance in the Champions League final and was considered amongst the top ten players in the world.
Pedro is a perfectly adequate replacement and may even contribute to the team more - last season Di Maria looked largely disinterested at times and the Spaniard would offer some much-needed energy.