Blanc: Good possibility Di Maria will join PSG after Man Utd no-show


The Argentine did not join up with his United team-mates on their pre-season tour as expected, and Blanc is hopeful he elects to move to the Parc des Princes this summer

Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc insists no deal has yet been completed for Manchester United’s Angel Di Maria, but says he hopes the Argentine elects to move to the French capital.

Goal reported in June that Di Maria has decided to leave United this summer, and with speculation mounting that a move to PSG is on the cards, he failed to join up with his current team-mates on their US pre-season tour as scheduled on Saturday.

United manager Louis van Gaal said he “did not know why” Di Maria missed his flight – whereas compatriot Marcos Rojo had passport complications – and Blanc admits a move is on the cards, even if it is not yet complete.

“There is a good possibility he could sign but there’s no official news at this time,” he said after his team’s International Champions Cup (ICC) penalty defeat to Chelsea in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“Of course, there is lots of talk and commentary out there. Paris Saint-Germain are out looking in terms of recruiting an attacking player, whether it be him or someone else.”

United defeated Barcelona 3-1 in their ICC match in Santa Clara, California on Saturday, thanks to goals from Wayne Rooney, Jesse Lingard and Adnan Januzaj.

Van Gaal revealed afterwards that Di Maria, unlike Javier Hernandez, had not joined up with the squad ahead of Wednesday night’s clash with PSG, and while he is expected to fly to the States at some point, it is unclear with which club he will depart.

“The anticipation is he’s going to come to the United States, as to which jersey he will wear, we do not know yet,” Blanc added.

“Of course if he does make a change, we hope it’s for Paris Saint-Germain.

“There are still two big clubs out there in discussion. Right now we just need to wait.”

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