Angel Di Maria quickly became an odd man out at Manchester United last season, with the £59.7m winger starting just one of his side’s last ten games of the campaign on the final day at Hull, by which time a top-four Premier League place had already been secured.
It doesn’t seem likely to get any better at Old Trafford next season; gaffer Louis van Gaal looks set to play wing-backs and there’s little room for the Argentine in a newly-packed midfield, while young Dutchman Memphis Depay has been added to his old Netherlands coach’s forward options.
The black and yellow boys at bwin.com price up Paris Saint-Germain to be Di Maria’s club by the close of the transfer window at 1/2, with Bayern Munich 9/1 and both Barcelona and Manchester City available at 20s.
PSG were thought to be in for the 27-year-old 12 months ago, and manager Laurent Blanc has already gone on record this summer stating his admiration for Di Maria, so it’s unsurprising to see the Ligue 1 dominators at the head of the betting.
Furthermore, Bayern boss Pep Guardiola stated earlier this summer that he won’t touch Di Maria at his expected price tag, which is thought to have come down by around £11m or so since last summer, so PSG are probably the only club genuinely interested.
With Radamel Falcao binned off after a poor season on loan at United, Robin van Persie sold to Fenerbahce and Javier Hernandez also as good as out the door, Van Gaal needs a new centre-forward.
As fate would have it, PSG’s Uruguayan hitman Edinson Cavani is reportedly his primary target.
The result? It’s all coming together for Di Maria to get out of dodge and head for the French capital.
For punters who believe they know otherwise, bwin are top price at 6/5 about Di Maria hanging around at United beyond September 4th.