Tuesday 20 February 2018

Angel Di Maria goes AWOL after failing to board flight for Man United tour

Angel di Maria looks to be closing in on a move to PSG
Angel di Maria looks to be closing in on a move to PSG

Mark Ogden

Angel di Maria has edged closer to a £45 million move to Paris Saint-Germain after failing to board a flight to the United States to join up with Manchester United on their summer tour.

Di Maria was due to link-up with Louis van Gaal’s squad in San Jose, California, following the 3-1 friendly victory against Barcelona in Santa Clara.

But following the game, United manager Van Gaal revealed that neither Di Maria or Marcos Rojo, United’s Argentine defender, had boarded the plane from Buenos Aires to California as anticipated.

“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.)”

Di Maria became the most expensive signing in British football history last August when he completed a £59.7m move to Old Trafford from Real Madrid.

But the 27-year-old and his family have become increasingly unsettled in Manchester and Van Gaal has been made aware of the player’s desire to leave the club.

Although Di Maria’s preference has been a return to Real Madrid, the Spanish club have made it clear that they have no interest in-resigning the former Benfica wideman, leaving the path open for PSG to conclude a deal with United.

Senior figures at United refused to comment on Di Maria’s situation when asked about the situation prior to the game against Barcelona .

But sources in France have suggested that PSG and United are close to an agreement, with Di Maria potentially undergoing a medical in New York on Monday.

Laurent Blanc, the PSG manager, admitted there is "a good possibility" Di Maria could sign for the French champions.

Speaking after the defeat to Chelsea on penalties in Charlotte, he said: "There is a good possibility [he could sign] 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.

"If he does make a change hopefully it will be for Paris Saint-Germain. Right now we have to wait because there are two big clubs out there in discussion.

"There is no official news at this time, although of course there is lots of talk out there. Of course PSG is out looking in terms of recruiting an offensive player, whether it is Di Maria or somebody else. Of course a coach would like to see somebody like him but there is nothing official at this moment."

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