Manchester United winger Angel di Maria is set to complete a reported £44.4 million move to Paris Saint-Germain on Monday.
The 27-year-old has flown from Argentina to Qatar where he will undergo a medical at the Aspire center and complete the formalities of his transfer to the Ligue Un champions.
It is understood that Di Maria has agreed a four-year contract worth around £170,000-a-week after taxes.
The deal for the winger has dragged on for weeks with Manchester United attempting to recover as much of the cost from their previous investment in the player. Di Maria only joined the English club last summer after completing a £59.7 million move from Real Madrid.
The Argentina international was due join up with his United teammates on July 25 as they continued their tour of the United States. However, in the days leading up to his expected arrival, news broke of the player’s “imminent” transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.
Di Maria failed to join up with the club and it was reported that the Argentine had “missed his flight” to the US.
In the following days, United manager Louis van Gaal refused to comment on the player’s future at Old Trafford. However, PSG boss Laurent Blanc and a number of his players gave every indication that Di Maria would soon been joining the French champions.
PSG’s initial bid for the player was rejected as United held out for more money, and Di Maria was fined by Van Gaal for missing scheduled time with the rest of the squad.
Now, just a week later, it appears that all parties involved are happy with the finances of the deal and the completion of a transfer is merely a formality.
With Di Maria set to join PSG, it is understood that United chief executive Ed Woodward is scheduled to fly out in order to meet with Barcelona officials in an effort to secure a deal for Pedro early this week.
The Spanish champions have yet to receive an official offer for the player and have repeatedly stated that they are reluctant to see the Spain international leave.
However, Pedro is aware that the likelihood of starting ahead of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar is remote, and the forward knows he needs playing time if he is going to secure a spot on Spain’s roster ahead of next summer’s European championship.
Barcelona officials are reportedly willing to let the veteran player leave. But would like him to remain with the team until the completion of the UEFA Super Cup on August 11.
However, United are keen to have the player in their squad before the Premier League campaign kicks off against Tottenham on August 8.
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