Manchester United are said to be in talks with Paris Saint Germain over the transfer of Angel di Maria.
After much speculation that the Argentinian international, of some 66 caps and 15 goals, would move to France last year he now looks set for Paris.
After just one year at Manchester United the player seems intent on leaving the club, having been subjected to an attempted burglary and spending long spells out of the team.
The Times reported that:
Ángel Di María has moved closer to a transfer to Paris Saint-Germain. Senior officials from the French champions held face-to-face talks with Manchester United to try to push through a £50 million deal for the unsettled Argentina winger.
Di Maria, who came to Manchester United in a British record transfer of £59.7m in the summer of 2014, played 32 times for the club in total and scored 4 goals.
But many of those appearances came from the bench and his problems off the pitch seemed to mirror those on it.
He regularly lost the ball by trying to take on too many opponents and never seemed to buy into the team ethic for which Manchester United head coach Louis van Gaal is so renowned.
At 27 Manchester United will be losing a top drawer talent in his prime. They will be shorn of the pace that he provided down the flanks and they will perhaps find it difficult to replace him with a player of commensurate quality and profile.
But they certainly didn’t see the best of the winger and they have perhaps decided that it’s better to sell an unhappy player than to keep him on and see his value wane further over the next 12 months.
Manchester United fans will be disappointed that their record signing failed to make his mark but will be hopeful that the money can be used for another top quality addition before the new season starts.
You can see Di Maria’s best Manchester United moments here.