EXCLUSIVE | By Manchester correspondent Alex Stevens
Angel Di Maria’s proposed transfer to PSG is now “99 per cent done”, sources close to the situation have told Football Insider.
The only remaining hurdle to the deal being signed off is the structure of payments although all parties are confident of reaching a resolution.
United have told PSG in talks that they will accept the French club’s offer for the Argentina star of an initial £45million plus £5million of add-ons.
The two clubs still need to iron out the precise details of the payments but the likelihood is growing that Di Maria will move to Parc des Princes. It is understood that a deal could be finalised next week.
Di Maria is due to link up with the United squad in Califorina on Saturday although he will play no part in the pre-season friendly against Barcelona as he works on his fitness following his summer break.
United are prepared to take a big financial hit on the attacking midfielder, who joined for a British record £59.7million just a year ago.
Louis van Gaal will not stand in the way of Di Maria, who has failed to settle in Manchester and has told United that he wants to move to PSG. The manager has refused to answer questions about the player’s future at his most recent press conferences and has merely confirmed his arrival in the United States.
Football Insider revealed last week that the French champions have offered Di Maria a lucrative five-year contract that matches his £180,000-a-week United salary.
The 27-year-old failed to capitalise on a bright start in English football and started just one match in the final two months of last season.
He is now set to move to French champions PSG, who have been open in their pursuit of the former Real Madrid man and are in advanced talks with United over a deal.
Football Insider revealed in May that PSG had made the Argentine a priority signing for this summer and were once again on the trail of the versatile attacker.
Di Maria has failed to live up to expectations and was sidelined in the final months of last season as he found himself behind Ashley Young and Juan Mata in the pecking order for wide attacking roles in Louis van Gaal’s team.
His haul of 10 Premier League assists was bettered only by Cesc Fabregas (18) and Santi Cazorla (11) but he was a bit-part figure after Christmas.
PSG tried to sign Di Maria from Real Madrid last summer but their plans were scuppered when their spending power was curbed by UEFA for breaching Financial Fair Play rules.