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No Angel di Maria deal yet

Contrary to reports in Spain and Italy, there is no agreement between Real Madrid and PSG for the transfer of winger Angel di Maria.

The player has indeed indicated that he would like to move to Paris, but due to Financial Fair Play restrictions, PSG and Real Madrid are finding it difficult to reach a deal.

PSG President Nasser Al Khelaifi is on holiday in California and has not given the definitive go ahead for a deal to be completed.

Real Madrid want €65m and PSG cannot provide that unless they sell Edinson Cavani. PSG have made it abundantly clear to those that have approached them that they have no intention of selling either Cavani or Lavezzi.

Now, Edinson Cavani did not show up for PSG’s Asia Tour yesterday and the club this was due to illness, but combine this factor with his consistently wavering statements on his future as well as the fact that Manchester United have made contact with both PSG and the player’s representatives for Cavani on numerous occasions, it depends how far the Uruguayan is willing to go to force PSG to sell him or not. If he does that, then PSG have more legroom to manoeuvre on the market, but it is seemingly unlikely to happen at present. Don’t rule it out.

The club wants to bring di Maria in on loan with an obligatory buy-out option in order to sidestep FFP regulations, but Madrid need to raise cash this financial year in order to obey FFP also.

The situation is not any clearer than that.

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