PSG Reportedly Keen to Offload Angel Di Maria, Javier Pastore Amid FFP Fears

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJune 14, 2018

Paris Saint-Germain's Argentinian forward Javier Pastore (L) and Paris Saint-Germain's Argentinian forward Angel Di Maria arrive for the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain and Lille at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on December 9, 2017.   / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE        (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Paris Saint-Germain will reportedly consider cashing in on a number of players this summer to ensure they fall in line with financial fair play regulations, including Angel Di Maria.

According to Calciomercato.com, while the French champions will not entertain any offers for star man Neymar, a number of first-team squad members will be sold because the club needs to raise around €60 million (£53 million).

Di Maria is said to be the highest-profile name on his way out despite his strong finish to the season at the Parc des Princes. He is reported to have admirers in Spain—Barcelona's interest from last summer is noted—and Italy.

Javier Pastore is said to be a target for West Ham United, Inter Milan and Napoli. Layvin Kurzawa, Thomas Meunier and Yuri Berchiche may also be sold in an attempt to trim down the squad.

As BBC Sport's Richard Conway noted, it appears as though PSG need to move quickly in order to avoid punishment from European football's governing body despite suggestions an investigation into their transfer dealings has been shut down:

The Ligue 1 side do have one of the strongest squads in European football thanks to the major investment of recent years. Now it appears as if the club needs to do a bit of wheeling and dealing.

PSG flexed their financial muscle in the transfer window in the summer of 2017. Not only did they break the transfer record to sign Neymar from Barcelona, but they also snapped up Kylian Mbappe on loan with a view to him completing a permanent switch ahead of the 2018-19 season worth £166 million.

Neymar and Mbappe were massive signings for PSG last summer.
Neymar and Mbappe were massive signings for PSG last summer.Francois Mori/Associated Press

Those players' arrivals not only made the football world sit up and take notice but also made things harder for the likes of Di Maria and Pastore to get regular game time.

Late last term when Neymar was injured, Di Maria was often in the side and was key to the team's domestic treble.

As OptaJean highlighted, he's been one of the most creative footballers in Ligue 1 during his time in Paris:

Pastore is another talent who has found his game time limited because of strong competition, injury niggles and inconsistency.

A move, more football and a fresh start could be to his benefit. As football writer Paul Brown noted, the midfielder is not the force he once was:

PSG's issue will be finding a way to offload these players, some of whom are past their best and on massive wages, in the next few weeks. After all, the likes of Di Maria and Pastore won't be forced into making a move, especially if they are on huge salaries in Paris.

According to Sky Sports News' Kaveh Solhekol, Pastore wants a staggering £190,000 per week to join West Ham United, a demand that may halt the deal. You sense PSG will run into similar roadblocks to this when trying to shift some fringe footballers.

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