Ángel Di María is set to become the most expensive Argentine transfer in history if the reports of a €75 million transfer to Paris St Germain are true. Spanish newspaper, AS is reporting that the French Champions have increased their offer and Real Madrid are willing to accept the deal given the money that they have just paid to Monaco for the signing of James Rodríguez.
The transfer of Ángel Di María has rumbled on for weeks but these latest reports suggest that there is an end in sight.
If the rumoured €75 million transfer does go through it will make Di María the most expensive Argentine transfer in history, smashing the record currently held by Hernán Crespo, when he moved to Lazio from Parma in 2000 for €56 million.
These are days of exorbitant fees and in all honestly, Di María does not warrant such a colossal price. However, Paris St Germain, flush with cash from their wealthy Qatari owners, wish to make a statement.
It is less clear how this deal fits in the UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) scheme as it was previously reported Paris were unable to conduct any further business until they had sold players. The deal suggests that there could be further movement of players leaving the club, perhaps Ezequiel Lavezzi, Javier Pastore or Edinson Cavani.
Manchester United have been the other side heavily linked with Di María with Louis van Gaal a known admirer of the midfielder and confident that he would fit perfectly into his favoured 5-3-2. However, it is unlikely that United would equal such a bid for the 26-year-old.
Carlo Ancelotti is keen to retain the services of Di María following his influential performances at the end of last season and played down any talk of a move away following their friendly defeat to Inter Milan yesterday. Ancelotti remained firm and said that he expects El Fideo to report back to training on August 5th.
However, Real Madrid are more than prepared to cash in on the player after such an outlay on players this summer. Rumours of Di María wanting a new contract putting him among the top earners may also be reason for this.
Whatever the truth, the transfer has been a drama and will be relief to all parties once it is finally concluded.