EXCLUSIVE | By Manchester correspondent Alex Stevens
Paris Saint-Germain have stepped up their pursuit of Angel Di Maria by making him a contract offer, Football Insider sources understand.
The French champions are keen to prise the Argentina star from Manchester United this summer and will not be put off by his £50million asking price.
Football Insider has learned that PSG have offered Di Maria a lucrative five-year contract that matches his United wages.
Manager Laurent Blanc has been open about his club’s interest in the attacking midfielder, who failed to capitalise on a bright start in the Premier League and ended last season out of favour at Old Trafford.
Asked about Di Maria, Blanc was quoted as telling L’Equipe this week: “Yes, I like him very much. We have our priorities. But to strengthen such a team you must target guys who are at big clubs and who are not easy to prise away. That’s hardest for PSG.
“Di Maria, he’s good. We have more freedom, but it remains a difficult project for us because we’re not alone in wanting him.
“When you see the financial power of the English clubs, they are attacking everyone. Competition is very, very tough. Don’t forget, Manchester United paid a fortune to sign him.”
Di Maria almost moved to Parc des Princes last summer before United secured him for a British-record £59.7million fee.
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.
It is undersood that United could be willing to listen to offers for Di Maria but they would look to recoup most of the money they spent on the 27-year-old.
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 but he was a bit-part figure after Christmas amid reports his family were unsettled in Manchester.
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.