Tuesday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Di Maria to Paris Saint-Germain, Cavani to Manchester United
The Daily Mail claim Paris Saint-Germain have agreed to pay $65 million for Angel di Maria and match his Manchester United wages of $300,000 per week.
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Di Maria, 27, struggled in his debut season at Old Trafford after arriving from Real Madrid for $99 million in August 2014. Di Maria almost joined PSG last summer but the reigning French champions hand their hands tied due to UEFA’s strict Financial Fair Play regulations at the time. With those sanctions relaxed this summer, PSG can go full steam ahead with a move for United’s Argentine winger.
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After having his house burgled in Manchester and failing to settle in the Premier League following a string of lackluster display, Di Maria’s frustration was clear for all to see towards the end of last season when he was left on bench for plenty of games by Louis van Gaal and was sent off in United’s FA Cup quarterfinal defeat to Arsenal. Perhaps ending his PL adventure and heading to PSG is best for Di Maria and everyone. Sure, United will take a $30 million hit on him but that’s the way the transfer market goes sometimes. Looking around, the likes of Memphis Depay, Ashley Young, Adnan Januzaj and Antonio Valencia could easily negate the loss of Di Maria.
So, maybe a swap deal come be in the offing between United and PSG? “Why’s that?” you cry. Well, in an interview with Talksport Radio in the UK, Jamie Jackson of the Guardian (based in Manchester) claims that Edinson Cavani has emerged as United’s top target to replace the outgoing Robin van Persie. Cavani, 28, has scored 56 goals in 96 games for PSG since arriving from Napoli in 2013 for $75 million but “El Matador” continues to play second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Les Parisiens. Along with a new center back, Cavani could be the final piece in LVG’s expensively assembled jigsaw.
Elsewhere, Manchester City are apparently back in for Wolfsburg winger Kevin de Bruyne. The 24-year-old excelled in the Bundesliga last season and the former Chelsea attacker has spoken openly about his desire to move back to England in the past, despite his current side not interested in selling him. The Daily Telegraph say City’s reps are to meet with Wolfsburg this week and will bid up to $75 million for KDB, which would take their summer spending past the $150 million mark with Raheem Sterling set to arrive from Liverpool for the same price. If City do add De Bruyne, the Belgian flyer will be the perfect double act with Sterling. The pace and purposeful running of those two will give PL defenders sleepless nights months in advance of facing City.