It looks like one of the summer’s surprise and short transfer sagas could be wrapping up this week, with Angel Di Maria appearing Paris bound.
So, what do we know so far? Well with Manchester United winning 3-1 against Barcelona yesterday, there was one notable exclusion from the side that travelled to America.
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This in itself isn’t necessarily enough to set off alarm bells. After all, Di Maria was at the Copa America and Argentina reached the final. It’s customary for players who reached the later stages of these summer tournaments to be given an extended leave from a club’s pre-season tour. We know Angel Di Maria is in Argentina right now, it’s not like he was left in Manchester. But the Telegraph’s Mark Ogden, a respected and reliable writer has a wealth of information on the deal.
Di Maria and Marcos Rojo were both set to meet up with van Gaal and the team after the Barcelona match. But Rojo had passport issues and couldn’t travel. Di Maria however, his absence was unexplained. van Gaal has this to say.
“Di Maria was not on the plane,” Van Gaal said. “Marcos Rojo was also not on the plane. He has passport issues, but for Di Maria, I don’t know why (he wasn’t on the plane.)”
The main takeaway is that Angel Di Maria seems to be very much pushing for this move to be done, rather than United trying to force him out. He and his family are very much unsettled in Manchester. According to Ogden’s piece, available here, Di Maria originally sought out a return to Real Madrid. When it was made clear that wouldn’t happen, PSG was his next preference. £59.7m is the fee Manchester United paid for him. After a disappointing début season, the sell-on fee could be at a loss of nearly £15m for somewhere around £45m.
This could all be chalked up to paper talk if it wasn’t for Laurent Blanc, the PSG coach. He essentially confirmed the deal was on when he spoke yesterday.
“There is a good possibility [Di Maria signs] but there is nothing official. There is an anticipation he is going to come to the US but as to which jersey he is going to wear, we don’t know yet.”