Well it seems that as one door closes for Manchester United, another one opens.
This whole sorry mess surrounding the embarrassing Angel di Maria looks as if it is close to coming to a necessary if unsatisfactory conclusion.
But after rumours this week that the player may leave for £28.5m or £40m, Manchester United are at least looking more likely now to get most of their money back on a player who has lost our respect.
The Telegraph states:
Angel di Maria to join PSG this weekend with Pedro arriving from Barcelona
While The Daily Mail reports:
Manchester United will press Barcelona to allow Pedro’s move to go through in time for the start of the season should Angel di Maria complete the formalities of his switch to Paris Saint-Germain.
French champions are set to pay £45m for the Argentine star
A £45m deal still represents a loss of £15m on the fee and around £10m in wages.
We still think that Manchester United are letting the player and PSG off lightly. Why not say ‘yes you can go, but only if PSG pay over £50m?’
That way United would at least save face. But £45m isn;t too bad and perhaps the club simply wants to move on now.
The brighter bit of news is that Barcelona forward Pedro looks likely to come the other way.
He doesn’t have the pace of Di Maria – such a vital component in the modern game – but he has more precision and composure.
And, hopefully he will want to stick around for longer than the reprehensible Argentine.
Manchester United fans: can Pedro do the business at United and, after this signing, does the club need more power in the forward positions?