Paris St Germain’s pursuit of Angel di Maria has continued in earnest this week and The Guardian is reporting they have submitted an opening offer of €40m (£28.5m) to Manchester United.
Given that Man United paid £59.7m for Di Maria only 12 months ago, PSG’s offer is far below what Man United would want for the Argentinian and The Guardian goes on to say Ed Woodward is holding out for a bid much closer to the club’s valuation before letting him leave for Paris.
Di Maria was supposed to join up with United on their pre-season tour a few days ago but didn’t turn up for his flight and at this moment in time, it isn’t known where is.
PSG want to sign Di Maria, that much is obvious, but an offer of £28.5m is derisory to United, especially given that the French side were willing to pay £50m for David Luiz. Although the exchange rate does mean selling players in Europe has lessened in value, anything less than £40-45m for Di Maria is too low for a player of his quality who cost nearly £60m just 12 months ago.
If Laurent Blanc wants to bring Di Maria to PSG, then they have to pay what United feel he is worth and although he did have a disappointing season overall, he is still a very valuable player.
PSG will need to come back with an offer far more in line with United’s valuation of Di Maria but they do have the advantage of knowing that he wants to leave the club, which could play into their hands a little bit when it comes to the negotiations.