Paris Saint-Germain’s intention of bringing Angel Di Maria to the French capital has still not gone away, it seems. According to the country’s daily Le 10 Sport, PSG missed out last summer on signing the Argentine from Real Madrid. Di Maria instead chose to join Manchester United for a staggering £60 million, thereby becoming the costliest transfer in Premier League history.
But now, a season on, the winger’s time at Old Trafford has hardly been fruitful. With just 3 goals in the Premier League, he was left on the bench for most of the games in the closing games of the season. His market value has taken a slight hit, but PSG still have qualms over spending too much money owing to fear of non-compliance with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations.
According to the report, the Ligue 1 champions therefore want to bring Di Maria to the French capital on a loan deal, with a subsequent obligation to purchase. This will help delay the principal payment to United, and they hope to do this by possibly selling stars like Ezequiel Lavezzi, Yohan Cabaye and Edinson Cavani.
But, United are not too keen on the deal, and will only look at the option of selling him on a permanent deal in return of cash. Louis Van Gaal himself is looking at spending big this summer and bringing in some superstars, and a possible infusion of more than £50 million for a player who hasn’t made too much of an impact is certainly a fantastic prospect.
But PSG’s budget for the summer transfer window is only around €50 million (roughly £36 million), and they will have to sell some of their big names in order to fund a larger amount. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is close to moving to AC Milan if reports are to be believed, but at the age of 34, he won’t bring in too much money.
Di Maria admitted in November that a move to PSG is a prospect that excites him, and after his uneventful year at United, he will jump at an opportunity to move. His current priority though, will be leading his national side Argentina to a good showing at the Copa America starting later today.