Edinson Cavani believes Angel Di Maria is an excellent fit for Paris Saint-Germain, adding weight to speculation the unwanted Real Madrid star is set to complete a switch to the Ligue 1 champions.
Cavani says the versatile Argentinian can bring something fresh to PSG's play. He told L'Equipe, "We are always looking to add new elements to the team," reported via Marca. "Angel di Maria is quality. He would be welcomed in Paris."
It is widely suggested Di Maria will secure a deal at the Parc des Princes, per John Drayton of the Daily Mail. PSG's ability to wrestle with UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules will dictate whether this goes ahead, as the club may need to offload stars to land Di Maria permanently.
The club recently opted to sign Serge Aurier on loan from Toulouse, a move that was made temporary due to PSG's battle against receiving another fine and squad cap after spending too excessively. Jonathan Johnson of ESPN FC describes how this transfer sets precedent for Di Maria's alleged move:
As it stands, Jallet's departure to Lyon should cover Aurier's salary. So, only if PSG want to sign Di Maria, will they have to sell.— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) July 23, 2014
Cavani was said to be among the hot favourites for departure if Di Maria is brought in on a full-time basis, per Rob Bleaney of The Guardian. Despite a season playing out of position and to the left of Laurent Blanc's 4-3-3 formation, Cavani shows no inkling of wanting to leave.
"I feel great here and I am sure that I will stay in Paris. I'm fine and have a contract," he told L'Equipe, per Marca.
The arrival of Di Maria could add to Cavani's reasons to be cheerful. Los Blancos would have discarded a player whose improvements continue to stem from his hard work and dedication. Di Maria has consistently shown remarkable energy in a central midfield role over the last year, moving away from his traditional gut-busting position on the wings.
Would PSG be the right move for Angel Di Maria?
His pace, elusive dribbling technique and willingness to contribute across the pitch was certainly a notable feature of Carlo Ancelotti's La Decima-winning squad. While the player suffered a poor World Cup before succumbing to injury, he offers the type of spring and cutting incision that forces opponents onto the back foot.
It would certainly be interesting to see him maintain a central role if the PSG move goes through. Di Maria would link with the likes of Cavani, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ezequiel Lavezzi, his international team-mate. Such a signing may further open the nine-point gap which separated PSG and runners-up Monaco during last season's French championship.
That said, the £50 million spent on David Luiz appears to have hampered PSG's chances of permanently landing further stars. Aurier's loan move underlines an organisation that is struggling to ensure FFP guidelines are adhered to. The value of Di Maria's signing on the pitch must be weighed up against the club's ability to fairly compete on financial terms.
His transfer would be one of the summer's biggest stories if it went through, highlighting PSG's rapid progression as one of European football's richest entities.