During the 2019-20 season, you could make a very strong case for Angel Di Maria being Paris Saint-Germain’s best and most consistent player over Kylian Mbappé and Neymar Jr. With his contract running out this season, the reigning French champions will have to make a very difficult season.
Di Maria will be 33-years-old when his current deal at PSG expires and the end of June in 2021. Currently, the Argentina international earns approximately €1.1 million per month in wages, which puts him near the top of the list of PSG’s highest earners and is the amount JackpotCity online casino users would like to win. Unless Di Maria agrees to a drastic reduction in pay, he’ll likely be allowed to leave on a free transfer following Edinson Cavani and Thiago Silva who also left on a free at the end of their contracts last season.
It’s not an ideal situation for PSG. You don’t build a successful club by allowing talented players to leave for nothing and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has only made matters worse. PSG, a club with seemingly endless resources, has not been impervious to the financial impact of the virus and they simply can not—and should not—overpay for a 33-year-old whose best football is likely behind them.
Di Maria did record 12 goals and 23 assists last season, but he’s far from the priority when it comes to contract extensions. Kylian Mbappé is first in line due to his age and ability followed by Neymar Jr. who still has a lot of quality football ahead of him. Assuming PSG are able to resign both of those players—and that’s a big if—it will stretch the club’s budget leaving very little to work with when it comes to Di Maria’s deal.
Even if PSG can only keep one of their two top superstars, it simply doesn’t make sense for Les Parisiens to retain Di Maria. There are too many holes in the squad that need to be filled and we could be on the verge of a pricey coaching change should Thomas Tuchel fail to motivate the squad to qualify for the UEFA Champions League knockout stage. If that happens, I wouldn’t mind PSG trying to ship Di Maria to another team in January just so they can get something for him.
If Di Maria departs Paris next summer, he won’t be on the market long with some rumors linking him with a move to Inter Milan and Juventus FC. One team he definitely won’t be joining will be Manchester United. Something tells me they won’t be too upset about that.
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