Angel Di Maria edges closer to Man Utd exit
Manchester United are expected to hold fresh talks with Paris Saint-Germain officials in the next 48 hours over the sale of Angel Di Maria, as the £50m deal being discussed between the two clubs edges closer to a conclusion.
Independent.ie reported last week that Di Maria had been given a deadline by his club to decide on his future and the suspicion that the player has informed United boss Louis van Gaal of his intention to leave appears to have triggered the movement in discussions with PSG.
Di Maria is due to meet up with United's squad on their tour of America next Saturday, but it looks increasingly likely that he will not make that trip as PSG and United haggle over a fee for the 27-year-old.
United vice-chairman Ed Woodward has held talks with PSG’s sporting director Olivier Letang over Di Maria's move, with the initial reluctance of the Premier League club to sell replaced with an eagerness to get the best deal they can for their club record signing.
United are making it clear that they will only sanction a deal to sell Di Maria this summer if they recoup most of the British record £59.7m fee they paid Real Madrid to sign the winger last summer, with PSG believed to be keen to find an agreement in the coming days after their initial offer of £45m was turned down.
PSG's move for Di Maria comes as no surprise as a deal was in place for the player to move to Paris last summer, only for the French club to pull out as they looked to cut costs due to Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.
UEFA's decision to relax the FFP restriction have allowed clubs like PSG and Manchester City to start spending big money in the transfer market once again and the French champions have quickly made Di Maria their No.1 target once more.
Now it seems as if the most expensive transfer deal in Premier League history is set to end in disappointment for all parties, with Di Maria's unimpressive first season with United increasingly likely to have been his last in England.