Sunday 26 July 2015

Di Maria does not join Tour as PSG close in

Angel Di Maria's proposed move from United to Paris St-Germain is close to completion, the French champions have said.

The Reds look set to take a huge financial hit on Di Maria, as French paper L'Equipe have reported that a £46.5 million deal has been agreed for the 27-year-old.

But it is understood talks are ongoing with a fee yet to be decided. 

Di Maria was signed for a British record £59.7 million from Real Madrid last summer, and despite a sensational start to life at United, his form faded for a number of reasons and he ended the season as substitute.

The Argentine midfielder was widely expected to join United on tour on Friday, but did not do so and United boss Louis van Gaal "does not know why".
However, it has now been claimed that the club's record signing will travel to New Jersey-where PSG are based during their US tour- for a medical with the Ligue 1 club.

"He was not on the plane" said LVG after the Barcelona win.
"Marcos Rojo was also not on the plane, but for him it is a passport issue- Di Maria, I don't know
"I cannot say anything."

Di Maria made 27 league appearances last term, but netted just three goals and, after a brilliant start to life at OT, his form faded away and he lost his place to Ashley Young.
His  most infamous moment was his sending-off during the FA Cup exit to Arsenal when he appeared to push the referee Michael Oliver, and it is seemingly that incident that spelt the end of his time in Manchester. 

Former United manager and current PSG boss Laurent Blanc said:

"There is a good possibility he could sign but there is nothing official, we have to have patience for a little time longer.
"We think the outcome is very close."

With the two clubs to face each other in the final game of United's US Tour on Thursday, there is even a chance that Di Maria could line up against us in that game.

The Reds are eager to sign a new striker following the departure of Robin van Persie and, with a wealth of options to fill Di Maria's position on the left with the acquisition of Memphis Depay, the Argentine's sale could see LVG launch a move for one of the big names we have seemingly been endlessly linked with. 

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