Thursday 14 December 2017

PSG certain Di Maria wants to join but rule out Cavani swap deal

Angel Di Maria has been linked to PSG
Angel Di Maria has been linked to PSG

Jason Burt

Paris Saint-Germain believe that Angel Di Maria wants to join them – but they will not sell Edinson Cavani to Manchester United as part of any deal.

A bid for Di Maria is now expected by the end of this month with both clubs due to play each other as part of their tours of the United States.

Di Maria is scheduled to meet up with United five days before PSG play them in Chicago on July 30.

However, although PSG want to sign Di Maria they are unlikely to bid close to the £59.7 million United paid for the Argentinian international when he was acquired from Real Madrid last summer.

Senior sources at PSG today insisted they will “walk away” should United’s price for Di Maria be too high. They nevertheless confirmed that the club is interested in signing Di Maria, who is also very good friends with one of their Argentinean players, Javier Pastore.

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The indications from those close to Di Maria is that he would welcome a move to PSG and although no bid has formally been submitted, as yet, one – for probably around £40million – is expected.

Paris St Germain's Edinson Cavani controls the ball during their French Ligue 1 soccer match against Metz at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris
Paris St Germain's Edinson Cavani controls the ball during their French Ligue 1 soccer match against Metz at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris

PSG's bidding power has been strengthened by the easing of the FInancial Fair Play rules allowing them to increase their transfer budget for this summer. But they are changing their approach, also, with an emphasis on younger, more value-for-money players.

Publicly, United – and their manager Louis Van Gaal – claim that they expect Di Maria to stay, but it is understood that if a bid close to their valuation is made then it will be accepted.

It certainly does not appear that the player is an important part of Van Gaal’s plans as he overhauls his team.

Di Maria has struggled to adapt to life in Manchester since his move and it is believed the 27-year-old has found it difficult to work under Van Gaal also.

Cavani has been strongly linked with a move to United although he is not understood to be a prime target for the club at present. Even so, United need to sign a striker having sold Robin Van Persie and not having taken up the option to sign Radamel Falcao on a permanent deal.

However, PSG regard Cavani as one of their main assets and, indeed, the Uruguayan is seen as the future of the club ahead of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is now 33 and has one year left on his contract.

Ibrahimovic can leave PSG this summer if an acceptable bid is made and the Swede is not expected to be offered a new deal.

If Ibrahimovic does leave it would make it easier for PSG to convince Cavani that he is central to their plans although, at the same time, the striker is happy to stay with the French champions and is not looking to move on.

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