Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain have placed their first official bid of £28.5m (€40m) for Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria. The Argentine international was linked heavily with move to PSG this summer after he had a nightmare debut season at Old Trafford. He was brought home by United last summer for a British transfer record fee of £59.7m from Real Madrid.
After a good start to his campaign at the club, Di Maria went out of action due to injury concerns. He regained his fitness and came back to the team in the second half of the season. His comeback was not very impressive as he saw a sudden dip in his form. He struggled to perform and that affected Manchester United’s campaign. Dutch manager Louis van Gaal benched the winger a few failed attempts. Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Maruoanne Fellaini became the frontline attackers ahead of Angel Di Maria.
It was believed that Di Maria himself wanted a move out of the team and the new midfield inclusions of United this summer kind of writing on the wall hat Di Maria’s United career is coming to an end. The specualtions stirred up last Saturday, 25th July when Di Maria did not turn up for United’s pre-season tour at USA. The player did not join the club initially as he was on an extended holiday due to his participation at the Copa America. Louis van Gaal had mentioned previously that the player was scheduled to join the team on 25th July. Irrespective of that the player did not reack USA on time and cited an excuse that he had missed his flight.
PSG have done their part as they have placed their first official bid, but the only concern remains in this saga is whether United will actually let go Di Maria for such a petty price. The sum offered by the French giants is almost half of what United had splashed last summer.
The Guradian reports that United Executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward will surely resist to this offer and would not let Di Maria leave if the offer isn’t improved.