Argentine international star Angel di Maria has signed a four-year deal with French champions Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), less than a year after moving to Manchester United on a British record-breaking 59.7 million pound deal from Real Madrid.
The left-footed winger had an underwhelming season with the 20-time English champions, starting just one game in the last two months of the season, which finally led to his exit. With the transfer, Di Maria becomes the second-most expensive player in the French league's history after Edinson Cavani.
Details of the transfer
PSG will reportedly pay Manchester United a sum of 63 million Euros, which presently equals to a little over 44 million pounds. This means that United will incur a significant loss from the fee they paid Real Madrid for the player last season. The wages of Di Maria have not been disclosed so far, although he is expected to earn more than the 180,000 pounds/week he earned at United.
On completing his medical for PSG in Doha on Tuesday, 4 August, Di Maria spoke to beIN Sports, vowing to help the club improve its performances in Europe from next season.
"They made it to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, so my objective was to arrive to Paris and to help them through the quarter-final barrier, because they have struggled in the past two seasons," he said.
Angel di Maria fact-file
Di Maria started his senior career at Argentine club Rosario Central in 2005, 13 years after joining the club's youth ranks. In 2007, he moved to Portuguese club Benfica, with whom he won one league title in a three-year stay. After the 2010 FIFA World Cup, he signed Spanish giants Real Madrid. In his four years at the club, he went on to win the league title once and the Champions League once, playing a stellar role in the European triumph.
He made a bright start in his United career after moving from Real Madrid last year, but a loss of form saw him losing his starting place to English international Ashley Young. His disenchantment with the club grew after an attempted burglary at his house in Cheshire in January this year.