Angel di Maria transfer saga could be resolved today

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Angel di Maria could be set to make a decision on his future today, bringing an end to the long-running and frankly tedious transfer saga that has engulfed the Real Madrid playmaker over recent months.

Premier League giants Manchester United and wealthy French outfit Paris-Saint Germain have each been heavily linked with the Argentine international of late and, according to Spanish sources cited by The Daily Express, a choice could be made over the next few hours.

Indeed, the same source further suggests that Real - who have recently secured the impressive signings of star World Cup duo Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez - are content to part with Di Maria, but are expecting to receive a fee in the region of £40 million for his services.

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Manchester United a realistic option?

While Manchester United's interest in the 26-year-old certainly does not appear to be in question, it is unclear if the club - who are currently in the United States on their annual pre-season tour - would be willing to match such a fee or indeed if he would content to swap the Santiago Bernabeu for Old Trafford.

The potential signing of Di Maria - were it to come to pass -  at this particular juncture would also have the potential to make a mockery of new manager Louis van Gaal's claims upon his first day in the job that he could wait up to four weeks before making any further additions to his squad due to a need to take time to assess the players already at his disposal.

Despite not possessing an overwhelming need to further bolster his attacking midfield options, the signing of a player of Di Maria's formidable caliber would surely be too good an opportunity to miss for Van Gaal, however.

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PSG more likely

If Di Maria - who sadly missed the final two encounters of Argentina's World Cup campaign yet demonstrated his superb quality with a stunning performance in last season's Champions League final - does decide upon leaving La Liga, it is hard to banish the feeling that a lucrative move to the French capital would be a far more realistic option.

Since Qatar Sports Investments became involved with the club, PSG have certainly not been shy to flex their considerable financial muscle in the transfer market and have not struggled to attract top talent to the Parc des Princes.

However, the club's recent bout of high-spending - the fee spent to bring Chelsea's maverick defender David Luiz to Ligue 1 is believed to be a staggering £50 million - must put them perilously close to problems with regards to UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules, so it would be interesting to see how they might plan to escape sanctions with regard to a potential move of this magnitude.

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