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PSG preparing to announce Angel Di Maria signing

Smiles did not last long for Di Maria at Man Utd
Smiles did not last long for Di Maria at Man Utd

Paris Saint-Germain are confident of confirming the capture of Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria in the next few days, with coach Laurent Blanc confirming a deal is close to being struck.

Di Maria told United boss Louis van Gaal earlier this month that he wanted to leave United just a year after his record breaking £59.7m move from Real Madrid, with PSG eager to sign a player they came close to capturing last summer.

While United insiders have confirmed that they club are frustrated by Di Maria's refusal to persist in trying to make a success of his United career, the Argentine midfielder's eagerness to join PSG means a move has become inevitable in the recent days.

United's insistence on securing a fee in excess of £50m for Di Maria has held up the transfer in recent days, with PSG confirming earlier this week that they were withdrawing from negotiations as agreement could not be struck with United.

Yet after the player did not show up in American to join United's pre-season preparations on Saturday, PSG boss Laurent Blanc has confirmed the deal for Di Maria to move to the French capital could be sealed imminently.

"I have no official news. PSG are looking for an offensive player. Will it be Di Maria? I hope so," said Blanc. 

"He plays for Manchester United at the moment and I hope that if that changes, it will be that he comes to us. We have to have patience a little longer.

"It's not easy, between two big clubs. The outcome is very close, in my opinion."

Meanwhile, PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic appeared to post his welcome to Di Maria a little ahead of time as he told French newspaper Le Parisien:

"Welcome to him, he will bring his qualities, he is a good player. With him the team will be better."

Ibrahimovic has been linked with a move to United as part of the Di aria negotiations, but he insisted he will not be leaving Paris this summer as he said: "I will remain in Paris, where I am happy".