EXCLUSIVE | By Manchester correspondent Alex Stevens
Paris Saint-Germain are confident of finalising the signing of Angel Di Maria following a breakthrough in talks with Manchester United, Football Insider sources understand.
The Premier League club have indicated they will accept PSG’s offer for the Argentina star of an initial £45million plus £5million of add-ons.
The two clubs still need to iron out the details of the deal but the likelihood is growing that Di Maria will move to Parc des Princes.
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 refused to answer questions about the player at his most recent press conference on Tuesday.
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 talks with United over a deal.
Asked about Di Maria, manager Laurent Blanc was quoted as telling L’Equipe last 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.”
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.