Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 26
Sky Sports reports that a deal is inching closer:
BREAKING: Angel Di Maria passes medical at Manchester United. #SSNHQ— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) August 26, 2014
Angel di Maria should be named a Manchester United player on Tuesday, according to Simon Jones of the Daily Mail.
Sky Sports claims the player is currently at Carrington to put a final seal on his move:
Real Madrid and United are already said to have agreed on a fee for Di Maria, whose unveiling is imminent, writes Jones:
Manchester United hope to formally announce the signing of Angel di Maria on Tuesday after agreeing terms on a British record transfer fee of £59.7million plus add ons with Real Madrid.
[...] The scale of the extra fees due from United will depend on performances and the prospect of Di Maria winning the Ballon D'Or.
[...] Di Maria will join up with his new United teammates at training on Thursday and the club hope to formalise his work permit and registration by 12noon Friday if he is to figure against Burnley on Saturday.
Sky Sports claims the medical will be completed on Tuesday:
Updates from Monday, Aug. 25
BBC Sport is reporting that Manchester United and Real Madrid have agreed to a fee for Angel Di Maria:
Earlier, Jonny Singer of The Daily Mail passed along the latest on Di Maria:
Argentina winger Angel Di Maria has arrived in Manchester ahead of his move from Real Madrid for a British record £70million.
Di Maria arrived at Manchester United's Carrington training ground on Monday night ahead of a medical and the completion of a signing that would see him become the world's fourth most expensive player ever.
Updates from Sunday, Aug. 24
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal had a little fun with reporters regarding Di Maria, according to Sam Wallace of the Independent:
Q: Will you sign Di Maria? Van Gaal: 'It's not only Di Maria, it could be Vidal or Messi*. We are a big club' *presumably a joke— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceIndy) August 24, 2014
Bleacher Report's Guillem Balague reports that a deal is nearly done for Angel Di Maria:
Di María will be at all effects a Manchester United player very very soon. Great player but expensive— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) August 24, 2014
The price for di María (in euros): United offered 60m, Real wanted 90. Final figure: 80 million, including adds on. £63.9m— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) August 24, 2014
My colleague @AS_Roncero tells me the plan is for di María to travel to Manchester tomorrow— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) August 24, 2014
Updates from Saturday, Aug. 23
Bleacher Report's Guillem Balague has the latest on di Maria:
Cristiano told di María United is the club to go. Mendes is returning to Europe from Singapur to finalise deal. All very very close.— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) August 23, 2014
Real and United are very close in the valuation of the player. He will cost MORE THAN 60m euros, could be 70. He will wear number 7— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) August 23, 2014
Updates from Friday, Aug. 22
Angel Di Maria appears to be on his way out of Real Madrid after it was reported that he has been left out of Madrid's squad for the Spanish Super Cup second leg.
Spanish football and B/R UK expert Guillem Balague tweeted:
According to Cadena Ser, Di María will be left out of the squad today for the Spanish Supercup— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) August 22, 2014
Di Maria may have a new suitor, after it was reported in Spain that Barcelona have had a bid rejected for the Argentina international.
According to SPORT, Barca were considering a €60m offer for the Real Madrid man, however their initial approach to discuss the deal with Los Blancos was rejected out of hand.
Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail reports that Manchester United still retain a keen interest in Di Maria, who recently rejected a new Madrid contract.
Updates from Thursday, Aug. 21
Angel Di Maria appears to be on his way out of Real Madrid after Carlo Ancelotti revealed on Thursday that the player has asked to leave the club.
ESPN FC's Nicholas Rigg reports:
Ancelotti said Di Maria asked to leave this summer and has rejected a contract renewal. Finding a resolution #realmadrid— Nicholas Rigg (@nicholasrigg) August 21, 2014
Sounds like Ancelotti trying to speed-up Di Maria departure. First time they’ve confirmed he wants to go. United’s time? #realmadrid— Nicholas Rigg (@nicholasrigg) August 21, 2014
However, Real's valuation of the player could yet price him out of a move to either PSG or Manchester United, as noted by ESPN FC's Miguel Delaney:
Re Di Maria, those in Spain say Real won't sell for less than €70m (about £62-65m) and, as Ozil illustrates, they don't tend to drop price.— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) August 21, 2014
Ligue 1 writer Jonathan Johnson claims PSG are no closer to securing the Argentina international, while Spanish football and B/R UK expert Guillem Balague insists United are yet to make a move for the player:
L'Equipe: PSG's Angel Di Maria move far from done. Real Madrid hope to keep him for at least 1 more year & PSG not close to selling anyone.— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) August 21, 2014
On di María. As of today, there has been no offer whatsoever for the player by Manchester United. None so far.— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) August 21, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 20
Carlo Ancelotti appeared to deal a blow to the transfer hopes of both PSG and Manchester United after Tuesday's Spanish Super Cup match, labelling Angel Di Maria "one of Real Madrid's biggest players."
Atletico boss Diego Simeone had taunted Ancelotti by claiming Di Maria is Real's best player, and it drew a strong response from the Italian, per Real's official website:
As I always say, Di María is a Real Madrid player and I use him as I like and as I think he should be used. He is one of Real Madrid’s biggest players.
It could be that Simeone, in saying that he is our best player, has forgotten about a certain Ballon d’Or or Bale. But Di María is one of the great players I am lucky enough to manage.
Sergio Ramos insists Di Maria wants to stay at Real Madrid and urged the club to sign him to a new deal in the Spanish capital, per ESPN:
I am not one to recommend what to do, we live in a democratic country. [Di Maria] knows what it is like abroad, and what it is like being at Madrid. I do not believe 'El Fideo' intends to leave. I would sign for him to stay here all his life.
Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 19
Angel Di Maria has reportedly informed Real Madrid of his desire to leave the club, but it is PSG—not Manchester United—who are favourites to sign the player.
Ligue 1 writer Jonathan Johnson reports:
L'Equipe: PSG could complete signing of Real Madrid's Angel Di Maria this week. Player has informed Carlo Ancelotti of his desire to leave.— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) August 19, 2014
L'Equipe: Real & PSG have an agreement in principle over the loan of Angel Di Maria, but the sticking point is the final price.— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) August 19, 2014
Spanish football writer Sergi Dominguez notes that Cadena COPE is reporting that two Madrid players are set to leave:
Cadena COPE say Khedira and Di Maria both will leave Real Madrid this summer.— Sergi Domínguez (@FutbolSergi) August 19, 2014
Updates from Monday, Aug. 18
Carlo Ancelotti has confessed he does not know where Angel Di Maria intends to play his football this season.
Speaking ahead of Real Madrid's Super Cup clash with Atletico, Ancelotti fanned flames amid talk of a switch to Manchester United, per the club's official website:
I don’t know what he has decided. I just know that he’s training and ready for tomorrow’s match. It will stay the same until 31 August and then we’ll see if he stays or goes.
Spanish and B/R UK expert Guillem Balague claims money is very much the issue for Madrid, PSG and Manchester United.
Madrid have an abundance of midfielders and therefore might appreciate the removal of Di Maria's wages from their books, while PSG and United are dithering over the giant financial package required to sign the winger:
Di María: chess game going on. Ancelotti, PSG+United want him. RM not willing to pay him €8m net. Nobody giving next step yet.— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) August 18, 2014
Updates from Sunday, Aug. 17
Ian Ladyman of The Daily Mail has the latest on Manchester United's hefty financial package for Angel Di Maria:
Manchester United are prepared to commit as much as £100million to their pursuit of Angel Di Maria as the ailing Barclays Premier League club try to beef up Louis van Gaal’s squad before the end of the summer transfer window.
United manager Van Gaal is desperate for world-class additions over the next two weeks and his mood was certainly not improved by Saturday’s opening 2-1 defeat to Swansea at Old Trafford.
The Dutch coach needs a central defender and a holding midfield player but has also told United chief executive Ed Woodward to do all he can to bring winger Di Maria to the club from Real Madrid.
Updates from Friday, Aug. 15
Angel Di Maria will only move to Manchester United if the Red Devils stump up the cash to meet Real Madrid's £50 million asking price.
The Daily Star's Colin Harvey reports:
United are yet to bid for the player but reports in Spain claim Old Trafford is his only possible destination.
Real Madrid are thought to be unwilling to lower their demands for Di Maria and that could prove to be a major stumbling block.
Updates from Thursday, Aug. 14
Manchester United now represent Angel Di Maria's only option if he wishes to leave Real Madrid, according to Hugo Tellez of Marca.
Writing under the headline "Di Maria pins his hopes on Man U," Tellez claims Carlo Ancelotti is waiting for the player to decide if he wishes to pursue a switch to Old Trafford:
Di Maria only has one real option able to meet Real Madrid's demands. That is Manchester United under the leadership of Louis Van Gaal, who singled him out for praise last weekend, saying: "we don't have wingers of the highest level, like Cristiano or Di María".
Ancelotti is a big fan of the Argentine, and is waiting to find out whether he will be staying on at the club.
Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 13
Angel Di Maria is reportedly being urged to stay at Real Madrid by none other than UEFA Super Cup match-winner Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo's former club Manchester United are believed to want Di Maria at Old Trafford, but the Daily Mirror's Liam Prenderville cites the following report from El Confidencial:
It has been reported United would bid £55million to land Di Maria but according to El Confidencial, Ronaldo could stand in the way of a deal.
The Portuguese believes his team-mate is a key player and wants to convince him to remain with the club.
United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward headed to Cardiff for Tuesday's Super Cup clash in order to attempt to lure Di Maria to Old Trafford.
The Daily Mail's Simon Jones writes:
Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward was understood to be in Cardiff for the UEFA Super Cup between Real Madrid and Sevilla ahead of talks with Madrid for the Argentina international Di Maria, considered by United manager Van Gaal as one of the best wingers in the world.
Madrid have already priced him out of a move to Paris Saint-Germain after demanding £50m, but United hope to strike a more reasonable deal.
Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 12
Angel Di Maria is expected to stay at Real Madrid this summer, according to coach Paul Clement.
Di Maria has been linked to PSG and Manchester United all summer, but Clement told talkSPORT's Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show, per Alex Varney:
As far as we know at this stage everyone will be with us for this season.
Things can very quickly change - the window doesn’t close until the end of this month. But currently we have 20 outfield players and three goalkeepers, so it is not a big, big squad.
I can’t see too much movement because that is not a large squad.
Updates from Monday, Aug. 11
Manchester United are said to be readying an "ambitious" bid for Angel Di Maria, after boss Louis van Gaal name-dropped the Argentinian as the type of player his squad lacks.
The Daily Star's Gary Jones reports:
United are understood to be in the driving seat in the race for the 26-year-old, after PSG bosses pulled out due to the price needed to land the winger.
The fallen Premier League giants are still being linked with an ambitious attempt to sign the player and could be ready to splash as much as £50m to secure his signature.
Van Gaal had spoken of United's needs over the weekend, confessing the Red Devils don't have a world-class wideman of Di Maria's ilk.
He was quoted saying by the Daily Mirror's Simon Mullock:
At this moment, we have five No.9s and four No.10s – and we don’t have wingers to give us attacking width.
Or, I should say, we don’t have wingers of the highest level, like Ronaldo or Di Maria or somebody like that. So, I have to play in another way – and you have seen that already. I only buy when I think we need to buy – in the position that is necessary.
Updates from Thursday, Aug. 7
PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has ruled out the signing of Angel Di Maria due to the size of the fee demanded by Real Madrid.
Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Al-Khelaifi was quoted saying by Get Football News:
Al-Khelaifi: "We spoke with Real Madrid about the possibility of signing Angel Di Maria, but it was too expensive."— Get Football News (@GetFootballNews) August 7, 2014
The Daily Mail also noted his comment:
PSG confirm they will not buy Angel di Maria because the price is too high— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) August 7, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 5
The future of Angel Di Maria can be expected to be settled quickly after agent Jorge Mendes met with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez on Monday.
Di Maria is expected to join PSG but is also attracting reported interest from Manchester United. AS reports the following on Monday's meeting:
Perez is not a regular presence at the club’s offices unless there are urgent matters to attend to. In this instance, there are.
Mendes was involved in Monaco’s interest in signing Madrid’s Ángel Di María, whom he also represents, with the Argentine now seemingly destined for Paris Saint-Germain.
Above and beyond Pérez and Mendes' excellent general relationship, it appears evident that there are negotiations in process. The likelihood of Falcao joining Real Madrid is increasing, while Di María's move to PSG could be close.
Updates from Tuesday, July 29
Angel Di Maria favours a move to PSG, rather than Manchester United, according to ESPN FC's Miguel Delaney.
Both clubs are interested in the Real Madrid man, but it appears the Ligue 1 side from Paris are closest to landing him:
Manchester United are continuing to monitor the possibility of a move for Real Madrid's Angel Di Maria, but sources have told ESPN the player would favour a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Di Maria's preference is believed to be down to his desire to keep playing Champions League football, although UEFA's financial fair play rules could yet open the way for United.
Argentina ace Angel Di Maria appears to be on his way from Real Madrid in a record deal to Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.
Pablo Polo of Marca reports that the move is "virtually a done deal" and will constitute a club-record sale by the Galacticos.
Polo says the deal may be worth up to €80 million, breaking the amount paid by Arsenal last year for the services of Mesut Ozil. It was previously thought that PSG would be restricted by Financial Fair Play rules, but the probable sale of Edinson Cavani to Manchester United has changed the landscape of the Di Maria deal.
However, Los Blancos manager Carlo Ancelotti refused to confirm any such transfer was in the pipeline when asked by press.
He said, per John Drayton of the Mail Online: "There is nothing new in the market. Di Maria finished the World Cup and he is resting."
After Madrid's purchase of James Rodriguez, the chances of Di Maria achieving game time are now limited. Journalist Fabrizio Romano alluded to this when he tweeted:
James Rodriguez has signed his contract until 2020 for Real Madrid. In these hours, PSG will work to finalize deal for Angél Di María— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 22, 2014
Despite this, Harry Pratt and Steve Millar of the Daily Star claimed on Sunday that Di Maria is desperate to join United and had issued a plea to Louis van Gaal to sign him.
Pratt and Millar report that LvG says his squad is not "balanced." The capture of Di Maria would go some way to addressing this issue.
They also point out that United believe the player would be available for £45 million, but the information of PSG's new bid will far exceed this figure.
Cavani would certainly be a glamourous consolation for the Red Devils, if he becomes available as a result.
PSG boss Laurent Blanc was tight-lipped over Di Maria when asked about his transfer to France, per Pratt and Millar.
He said: “I will leave you to speculate. At the moment nothing is done. Are there negotiations? It’s not for me to say but for the board of the club.”
Di Maria contributed toward Argentina's strong World Cup campaign during the summer, but it was in the white shirt of Real Madrid where he showed his best qualities.
In 43 games for Los Blancos last season, the player provided a fantastic return of 22 assists in the Champions League and La Liga, per WhoScored.com. He also scored seven times during the period.
However, Bleacher Report's French football journalist Jonathan Johnson expressed his disappointment that PSG have moved for Di Maria rather than prodigy Antoine Griezmann.
Antoine Griezmann to Atletico Madrid is a great move for player & club. Disappointing that PSG chose Angel Di Maria over him though.— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) July 28, 2014
Di Maria is a wonderful player, but it is highly questionable if he is worth the reported sum that PSG are willing to pay. Even Madrid's asking price of £45 million is an incredible tag for a player who might find life a lot more difficult without Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale next to him.
Is Angel di Maria worth 80 million euros?
It is a huge outlay from PSG, but they might have decided to cut their losses after the uncertainty of Cavani's future. The Uruguayan has been played in a wider role since his arrival in Paris, and Di Maria's inclusion will mean that the team has a specialist in the position, rather than a disgruntled striker.
PSG are very much building their own team of Galacticos, and Di Maria may yet go back to Real Madrid with his new club and haunt them.