Manchester United and Arsenal are to miss out on the signing of Angel Di Maria after the Argentine star is to play for Paris Saint-Germain this season, reports claim.
According to the Spanish publication Diario Sport, Real Madrid and PSG have come to an agreement in which helps the French club around the prospect of failing to comply with Financial Fair Play.
“The operation has been closed with a formula that allows the French club to Financial Fair Play situation imposed by UEFA - a loan deal with an obligatory buying scenario at the end of the season. President Nasser Al Khelaifi will give €10million for the loan and at the end of the season he will complete the payment with another €70million.” The report claims.
26-year-old Di Maria has been linked with a Madrid exit for much of the summer, with the player himself fuelling speculation by hinting that he feels vastly undervalued at the Santiago Bernabeu.
During the second half of last season, the former Benfica ace drove the club on and became one of Carlo Ancelotti’s most trusted players.
Despite topping La Liga’s assist charts with a whopping 17, the club however have reportedly held back on offering the player improved terms and it is such that the player feels the need to move on.
Whilst Arsenal were said to be interested, the Gunners seemed to have one eye on Alexis Sanchez and it allowed Manchester United to jump to the front of the queue as the Premier League’s biggest suitors.
The flying winger certainly matches the Old Trafford outfit’s footballing philosophy of fast, counterattacking football, and former player and now pundit Gary Neville said as much during Di Maria’s mind-blowing display during last season’s El Clasico.
Unfortunately for United supporters, the opportunity looks to be gone and it is another dent to the Premier League’s reputation that another star player appears to have been persuaded elsewhere.
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