MANCHESTER, Sporting Alert – Manchester United does not want to sell Angel Di Maria, despite the player being linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
The Argentine international struggled during his first season at Old Trafford, following his big-money move from Real Madrid and reports are claiming that Louis van Gaal is looking to sell the midfielder.
However, according to the Sun, if Di Maria wants to leave Manchester United, he would have to force through an exit by submitting a transfer request.
It is understood that Van Gaal wants to keep the player, but the Dutchman is still unsure about the World Cup star’s plans.
Di Maria is apparently unhappy at Old Trafford and reports are saying the midfield playmaker would consider leaving the English Premier League side before the transfer window closes.
And if those media circulations are indeed true, then you can’t see the Holland coach standing in the way of the 27-year-old who cost the club a British transfer record fee of £59.7million last summer.
In fact, according to the Manchester Evening News writer James Robson, who has been following the situation, Manchester United would consider a decent offer for Di Maria as they feel the gamble taken on him last summer hasn’t quite paid off.
Robson, speaking to talkSport, claimed that Van Gaal hasn’t shown too much interest in keeping the star player who scored three Premier League goals last season and collected a rating of 7.00 from Whoscored.com.
“United hope he can live up to his billing and reputation, but there still doesn’t feel like there’s that much of a fight to keep hold of him,” he told talkSPORT.
“Van Gaal said last season that if the player wanted to go then he’d be reasonable about it. Having spent so much money on him, though, it really is dependent on how much they can get for him.
“PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN HAVE MADE IT VERY CLEAR THEY WANT HIM AND IF THEY WOULD PAY ANYWHERE NEAR THE £59M UNITED PAID FOR HIM, THEY’D BE VERY TEMPTED TO CASH IN.”
Di Maria, who was given extended leave after taking part in the Copa America tournament, is set to return to Manchester United next week, but is expected to be examined by the club’s doctors before starting any kind of training.