Under-performing playmaker Angel Di Maria’s move to PSG from Manchester United is moving ever closer, with Dutch defender Gregory van der Wiel possibly going the other way as a sweetener in an effort to reduce the transfer fee.
Reports in L’Equipe suggest that PSG have reignited their pursuit of the player after Financial Fair Play rules brought an end to their interest at the start of this season.
After beginning his United career brilliantly, the out-of-form midfielder has become a scapegoat in many quarters, despite the Old Trafford club’s positive finish to the season.
Although he has found life in Manchester tough, going to a club where he will be a bigger fish as well as playing at a reduced standard could be a positive career move for the 27-year-old.
Van der Wiel on the other hand, who could form a part-exchange deal, has featured consistently for the French club this season but his exclusion from the Netherlands’ World Cup squad – which Louis van Gaal managed last year – doesn’t bode well for his chances of a starting place at United.
This said, defence is an area that needs strengthening and with United’s unpredictable situation concerning David De Gea still yet to unfold, it may be more imperative than ever for United to bring in some reinforcements at the back.
The loss of Radamel Falcao has dented Van Gaal’s forward options but this writer believes it is not that end of the pitch which United look to have weak links at the moment. Di Maria’s departure looks inevitable, and bringing a defender the other way could be a shrewd move, albeit a player that van Gaal may not have been too keen on at international level.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena