Paris Saint-Germain have made an opening £45m offer for Manchester United's record signing Angel Di Maria, according to reports in France.
Di Maria faces an uncertain future at Old Trafford after a below-par debut season with the club following his £59.7m switch from Real Madrid. Despite being the most expensive footballer signed in British history, Di Maria struggled for form during his debut year in the Premier League, and was ultimately dropped from the United first-team as manager Louis van Gaal put his faith in England international Ashley Young instead.
Di maria was publicly spoken of his desire to remain with United, but a combination of Van Gaal’s refusal to confirm that a swift exit is not going to happen and Di Maria’s private belief that his future lies away from England has triggered intense interest from French champions PSG.
With Van Gaal moving in the transfer market to bring in Netherlands international Memphis Depay, the United manager has plenty of options to fill the left side of his planned three-man attack. Memphis’s early pre-season form suggests that he will be the man to fill the position, leaving Di Maria having to make do with a place on the bench once again and considering a move away from the club.
According to French radio station RMC, PSG have tested United’s resolve with an opening offer of £45m plus performance-based bonuses – nearly £15m less than United’s paid for him a year ago.
Van Gaal’s comments in his press conference on Tuesday night following the victory over San Jose Earthquakes added to the speculation that Di Maria will be leaving, and with PSG manager Laurent Blanc publicly admitting his interest in the 27-year-old Argentina international, the two clubs could be set to negotiate a final fee for the winger.
"I cannot answer that," Van Gaal said when asked whether discussions had taken place between United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and his PSG counterparts.
"It is a process. When we think we have to say something, we will."However, Van Gaal did admit that as things are planned, Di Maria will join up with the United squad this weekend, just days before the club meet PSG as part of the International Champions Trophy pre-season tournament in the United States.
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