Paris Saint-Germain have raised the bar again in their bid to sign Ángel Di María, increasing their offer by 10 million euros to 75 million. The Paris club are counting on the departures of Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi (or Javier Pastore, although he doesn’t want to leave) in order to avoid Financial Fair Play issues and have decided to go for broke in their bid to sign the Real Madrid player.
Cavani didn’t travel to Hong Kong with PSG as expected on Saturday. The club said that it was due to a viral infection, but the fact is that the player wants to leave Paris for a new challenge in the Premier League. Manchester United are willing to do what it takes to bring the player on board. United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has made it clear the club will do whatever necessary to ensure new boss Louis van Gaal is happy. PSG signed Cavani last season from Napoli for 64 million euros, and would sell him for a similar price...
While PSG look to reduce their total salary cost with the departures of Cavani and Lavezzi, Di María continues to wait. The Argentine, who decided weeks ago to ply his trade in Ligue 1 (he’ll sign a five-year deal and will earn around eight million euros net per year), wants to seal his move as soon as possible. He is reluctant to become embroiled in a transfer saga and hopes his Real exit is confirmed next week. He doesn’t want to have to join up with Los Blancos’ pre-season at Valdebebas on 5 August, the date Carlo Ancelotti has set for the return of the club’s World Cup finalists (Toni Kroos, Sami Khedira and Di María) and Marcelo.
Ancelotti has been one of the chief obstacles to Di María’s exit. The player resolved to leave the Spanish capital because he did not feel valued by the club’s hierarchy, but the Italian has opposed the move from the beginning and this has delayed the deal. On Thursday, Ancelotti even entertained continued hopes of being able to convince ‘El Fideo’ and Real that he should stay. However, Di María is firmly focused on playing for PSG, while the club has underlined to the coach that a huge offer of 75 million euros is too good to turn down.
Di María will be the third player to leave Real Madrid this summer. The first to move on was academy graduate Álvaro Morata, who joined Juventus for 20 million euros (with Madrid inserting a buy-back option for the next two years worth 30 and 36 million respectively), before Casemiro completed a season-long loan to Porto.