PSG secures Di Maria on £44.5m deal
Di Maria’s future has been the subject of intense scrutiny in recent weeks, with his agent holding talks with the French champions in July. Despite a poor debut season at Old Trafford, Di Maria has been coveted by PSG for over two seasons – Laurent Blanc’s side attempted to buy the Argentine last summer – and they now appear set to land their man.
The 27-year-old missed a planned flight to the United States on July 25, leading Louis van Gaal to reveal that he was unsure of the player’s whereabouts.
Blanc has said that negotiations with the player – who was fined for his no-show – and the club are now nearing a conclusion, and Di Maria is set to finalise his move on Sunday by undergoing a medical in Qatar.
United will take a significant hit on the £59.1 million that they paid to acquire Di Maria from Real Madrid last summer, but may subsequently intensify efforts to sign Pedro from Barcelona, with Louis van Gaal revealing his admiration for the Spaniard on Sunday. Di Maria made just 32 appearances in all competitions for United last season, scoring four goals and providing 12 assists.