PSG offer £43m for di Maria

SEATTLE • The prospects of Angel di Maria staying at Manchester United this summer appear to be fading, after reports in France suggested that the unsettled Argentina international could be a Paris Saint-Germain player by this weekend.

Le Parisien has reported that the French champions have made a £43 million (S$91.6 million) bid for the winger and are willing to match his £200,000-a-week wages.

Di Maria is believed to have agreed a deal in principle just a year after moving to United for a British-record £59.7 million.

The 27-year-old has struggled at Old Trafford, failing to make Louis van Gaal's starting line-up in the final three months of last season.

He scored just three goals in 27 appearances last season but has been assured of more playing time under PSG manager Laurent Blanc.

PSG are long-time admirers of di Maria and he almost left Real Madrid for the French capital last summer. But United swooped after PSG were unable to afford him because of Financial Fair Play restrictions and their earlier £50 million acquisition of David Luiz from Chelsea.

Meanwhile, di Maria's former Real team-mate looks increasingly certain to stay at the Bernabeu.

New Real manager Rafael Benitez told reporters in Melbourne yesterday that Sergio Ramos is not leaving the club and is an integral part of the Primera Liga giants' plans .

He has been linked to a move to United for a number of weeks, with Spanish media reporting that Real have already rejected offers of over £28 million for the defender.

Ahead of today's International Champions Cup match against Roma, he said: "I see Sergio as an integral part of our team. He's a winner and that's what we need."


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 18, 2015, with the headline 'PSG offer £43m for di Maria'. Print Edition | Subscribe