British record buy Angel Di Maria makes £44m Man Utd move to PSG
Coral’s 11/2 Premier League title fourth-favourites Manchester United have sold British record transfer Angel Di Maria, 27, to French Ligue 1 champions PSG for around £44m, taking a £15m hit on the Argentina international.
Di Maria, a Champions League winner with Real Madrid as well as a World Cup and Copa America runner-up with his country, had his Old Trafford exit confirmed by United’s official Twitter account. He has reportedly penned a four-year contract at the Parc des Princes, and will wear the number 11 shirt.
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“I am very happy to join Paris St-Germain,” said Di Maria. “They’re very important. They made it to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, so my objective was to arrive to Paris and to help them through the quarter-final barrier, because they have struggled in the past two seasons.
“I will try to do the best I can to help the club in those objectives and reach the final stages of the Champions League.”
Reports claimed that Di Maria and his family were unsettled in Cheshire after rumours of a burglary to his home. His Old Trafford stay ends after just 12 months in England.
Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal’s £59m move for Di Maria may go down as one of the biggest flops in history, though he initially showed promise.
Adept on either wing or in attacking midfield supporting a main striker, Di Maria will have Edinson Cavani, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Lucas Moura and Javier Pastore as attacking company in the PSG first-team.
Man Utd are now likely to pursue out of favour Barcelona winger Pedro Rodriguez, a World Cup and European Championship winner with Spain, as a direct replacement for Di Maria.
Pedro is out of favour at the Nou Camp, having lost his place in the Catalan giants’ attack alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar to Luis Suarez under Luis Enrique.