French giants Paris Saint Germain are reportedly on the cusp of securing the £51 million signing of Angel Di Maria, shattering the hopes of Manchester United, who wanted to bring the Argentinian international into Old Trafford this summer, as reported by the Mirror.
The Sun reported earlier on Saturday that Man Utd were back in the race for the midfielder, but this may have completely ended that discussion. While PSG manager Laurent Blanc suggested the deal was not yet done, the situation has seemingly changed.
Reports in Spanish newspaper MARCA suggest that the signing could be completed in the next few days. The two clubs have agreed a fee of €65 million for the signature of Di Maria, who won the Champions League with Real last season.
This would be Real Madrid’s record sale in the history of the club, surpassing the amount they received from Arsenal for Mezut Ozil last summer.
Di Maria was integral to Real last season as they secured the mythical La Decima, their tenth Champions League trophy, but the arrival of James Rodriguez threatens his position in the first team.
Similarly, Madrid’s acquisition of Toni Kroos requires further reshuffling in midfield, and Di Maria’s exit would also help fund their huge spending thus far this summer.
PSG are seemingly not slowing down with their transfer business this summer, despite being hit with a Financial Fair Play fine at the end of last season. They have already spent £50 million to sign David Luiz from Chelsea, but could push their spending over £100 million with this signing.