Laurent Blanc: PSG are Close to Signing Angel Di Maria

Angel Di Maria is expected to end his Manchester United career in the next few days as PSG manager Laurent Blanc claims that a deal is now very close. As the club record signing at Old Trafford, much bigger things were expected from Di Maria when he made the move from Real Madrid. He may have cost £59.7 million, but it seemed like money well spent by the United board after his impeccable performance in the first few months. The happiness, though, was set to last only for a few more months.

“Manchester United and PSG are two big clubs and negotiations can be difficult, but we are close to the end,” confirmed the PSG boss.

Since the busy Christmas period last season, Angel Di Maria had been struggling for form and fitness. Di Maria went from being a player who created goals and assists in almost every game to scoring just once for United in 2015. The statistic looks even worse when considering that this solitary goal came against lower league opposition, Yeovil Town. There might also be more to this horrible run in the second half of the campaign. Di Maria had personal issues plaguing his mind after his house was robbed just a few months after moving in.

The Argentine winger never settled at Old Trafford and the statistics of eight goals and 12 assists in 33 matches was largely created by his undoubted quality. It is, however, strange that United are not ready to invest more time in the 27-year-old. The club probably see this as a perfect opportunity to sell an unsettled player. Paris St Germain are ready to pay £45 million and this may be the only opportunity for United to recoup most of their outlay.

Louis van Gaal appeared confident about retaining Di Maria a few weeks ago so much so that he expected the player to join in their pre-season tour. The situation has turned around of late with Van Gaal recently admitting that he did not know about the current status of the Argentine. The Dutchman said:

“I don’t know where he is.  You can ask it every week, but I don’t answer that question. Maybe you know? I don’t know.

“At Manchester United, we will announce something when it is already done and not when it is not done because it is a process and I have said it many, many times. We have to wait and see.”

Laurent Blanc’s confirmation that Angel Di Maria could sign in the next few days might come as a relief for all parties involved.

The continuous transfer speculation might affect the rest of the players before the start of the new season. Now that the future of the winger is becoming clear, United can focus on the existing players and possibly add more names between now and the end of the transfer window.

United could not have asked for a tougher opening fixture, as they play against Tottenham at home on August 8.