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Paris St-Germain to offer Angel di Maria escape route from Manchester United


Angel Di Maria

Angel Di Maria

Angel Di Maria

Manchester United could be on the brink of offloading Ángel di María, their underperforming midfielder, after Paris St-Germain signalled an interest in the player.

Di María, who joined United from Real Madrid for a British transfer record fee of £59.7 million last summer, has struggled in England but could be offered a lifeline by the Ligue 1 champions.

After missing out on signing the Argentine last summer, it is understood that Paris St-Germain are ready to renew their interest in the former Real Madrid, Benfica and Rosario Central midfielder, according to a report in The Mirror.

With United in the boxseat to take the fourth Champions League qualification spot after beating Liverpool at Anfield earlier this month, their return to the top table of European club football is far from assured and Di María could be tempted with a move to the French capital where he would be almost guaranteed a return to the competition he won with Real in 2014.

United are understood to be interested in signing Paulo Dybala, the Palermo striker, after club president Maurizio Zamparini confirmed that he will leave in the summer.

After scoring 12 goals in 27 outings this season for the Serie A club, Dybala has attracted interest from a number of Premier League clubs including Arsenal and Chelsea.

Reports in Spain have also linked the 21-year-old with a move to Barcelona, but one thing is sure: he will not be playing his home games at Stadio Renzo Barbera next season.

"It's clear that Paulo will leave," Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini said. "Indeed, we're looking for another striker. At home we only have [Andrea] Belotti so, besides him, we will have another forward [for next season]."

Meanwhile, reports in Belgium are saying that United are favourites to sign Kevin De Bruyne, the former Chelsea midfielder, from Wolfsburg.

De Bruyne, 23, joined the Bundesliga club last summer after failing to make an impression at Stamford Bridge but has been one of Wolfsburg's top players this season.

Bayern Munich are understood to also be keen on the Belgium international and have reportedly already tabled a £35m bid, but the Belgian newpapers are adamant that Louis van Gaal will get his man.

Online Editors