Tuesday 23 May 2017

Livid Louis van Gaal 'squeezes further £3m' out of Angel Di Maria deal after photo with PSG officials

Angel Di Maria poses for a photo in Qatar - 'without permission' from United
Angel Di Maria poses for a photo in Qatar - 'without permission' from United

Samuel Stevens

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was so outraged by Angel Di Maria's decision to post a picture with Paris Saint Germain officials ahead of his £44m move that he has reportedly added £3m to his valutaion.

The 27-year-old didn't have permission to be in Qatar for a medical yet posted pictures on social media website Instagram in a move which infuriated Red Devils boss Van Gaal, according to the Daily Mirror.

The reports suggest Di Maria's fee has been raised to £46m following the saga, stemmed from a misunderstanding over his permission to 'talk' to the Parisian club, and the move is still expected to go ahead.

Speaking after a medical in Qatar on Tuesday, he told beIN Sports: "I am very happy to join Paris St-Germain. They're very important."

The former Real Madrid ace scored just four goals in 32 appearances during the last campaign as Ashley Young and Marouane Fellaini were preferred in the attacking roles alongside Wayne Rooney.

Old Trafford officials are rumoured to have pulled the plug entirely until they were able to thrash out new terms but remained keen to offload the Argentine following a dismal season.

Red Devils supporters may remember his goal at Leicester City, where he chipped Foxes goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel in a 5-3 defeat, but he was later sent off against Arsenal in the FA Cup.

Following a pelvic injury, which kept him out for the whole of December, Di Maria never returned to his best and Aspetar, a specialist sports hospital in Doha, announced on its Twitter feed this week that the want-away star was there or a 'medical test ahead of a proposed move'.

(© Independent News Service)

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