By virtue of being the only bookmaker currently willing to price up Angel Di Maria’s club beyond the start of September, the black and yellow boys and girls at bwin.com are an industry-best 6/17 about Manchester United’s Argentine winger heading to Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
Considering Les Parisiens coach Laurent Blanc went on record in recent days claiming a deal is close, and given United gaffer Louis van Gaal has practically washed his hands of the winger, this ranks as some wager.
Di Maria has already defied his current employers by not showing up in the US for the Red Devils’ pre-season tour, with Van Gaal stating he doesn’t know why his charge failed to board a plane.
There have been reports of an impasse between the two sides over a fee for the 27-year-old, with United willing to make a loss on a player they paid almost £60m for late last August, but not too much.
A £46m fee was thought to be agreed, but the sticking point seems to be PSG wanting to pay almost half in performance-related add-ons, while the 13-time Premier League champions would naturally prefer all the cash in one go.
This impasse looks far from unnavigable given United have, in principal, reached a valuation for a player their manager clearly doesn’t want and struggled to find a place for in his best XI last term.
There’s surely no going back now news of his non-compliance with the Iron Tulip’s wishes has broken, as Van Gaal’s long history in coaching suggests he isn’t the most forgiving of men.
Furthermore, Di Maria’s mooted Old Trafford replacement looks in the bag, with bwin.com seeing Barcelona winger Pedro’s move to United as practically a done deal at 1/5.
There may be another bump or two in the road before the Ligue 1 champions get over the line, but Di Maria to PSG still looks a banker to happen this summer.