According to Bein Sports, Real Madrid have reached an agreement with Paris Saint-Germain to have Angel Di Maria sent to the Ligue 1 side. The player would be sent on loan for this season with PSG paying the Spanish giants £8 million. After the completion of the 2014-15 season, the Paris-based club would pay Real Madrid an additional £64 million for the Argentina international.
For those who are skeptical about the validity of this report, keep in mind that Bein Sports is owned by a company whose President is also the President of Paris Saint-Germain, Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
PSG needs to conduct the Di Maria transfer this way in order to side-step UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) restrictions. The Ligue 1 champions were handed FFP restrictions in May because the club exceeded permissible losses of £37 million over the course of the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.
Di Maria has also been linked with a move to Manchester United, but it hasn’t been confirmed whether or not the English club submitted a formal bid or held talks with Real Madrid.
Regardless of that speculation, it has been reported that the Argentinian winger “preferred” a move to the French champions.
PSG’s Edinson Cavani has also expressed his desire to play alongside the talented winger. Earlier this week, Cavani told the French publication L’Equipe: “We are always looking to add new elements to the team. Angel Di Maria is quality. He would be welcomed in Paris.”
Despite his success with Los Blancos last season (leading them to the Copa del Rey title and the club’s tenth European Cup), speculation is the 26-year-old has become expendable due to Madrid’s overcrowded midfield; and since the arrival of James Rodriguez from AS Monaco.
Expect this transfer to be sorted out in the next few days following the completion of Real Madrid’s summer tour of the United States.