Louis van Gaal has made a last ditch attempt to convince Angel di Maria to reject PSG in favour of a move to Manchester United, reports The Daily Express.
The Real Madrid star was reportedly on the verge of joining the Ligue 1 champions last night, but Van Gaal has made one final attempt to try to get him to Old Trafford.
Citing reports in France, the British tabloid claim that Manchester United spoke to Di Maria's representatives to increase their initial wage offer of £90,000-a-week to a staggering £120,000-a-week. The hope is that the extra cash will convince him to move to Manchester United where European football will be absent for next season at least.
PSG have reportedly agreed a £60 million transfer fee with Real Madrid for Di Maria, with only personal terms standing in the way. It adds urgency to the situation for Van Gaal, who is still seeking a marquee signing to ring in his era as Manchester United boss.
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The offer will put PSG in a tricky situation. They are already trying to juggle their finances to cope with the £60 million fee and will struggle to match Manchester United's offer.
Meanwhile the Red Devils are cash rich after agreeing lucrative kits deals with Chevrolet and adidas. Van Gaal has money to burn, as was evident with their £31.5 million purchase of teenage left-back Luke Shaw.
However, it remains a fact that PSG could still represent an attractive option for Di Maria. They are virtually guaranteed Champions League football and are closer to winning the famous trophy than Manchester United.
PSG could boost their finances by selling some squad players. Ezequiel Lavezzi and Javier Pastore have been linked with an exit from Parc des Princes. However, big money could be generated by selling the unsettled Edinson Cavani.
Bringing Di Maria to Manchester United would be a luxurious purchase for Van Gaal, who already has an embarrassment of riches to choose from in midfield. Having opted for a 3-5-2 formation, it is likely Di Maria would play a central role for the Red Devils where the likes of Juan Mata, Shinji Kagawa and Adnan Januzaj all competing for places.
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