TRANSFER ROUNDUP: United £45m DONE DEAL, Liverpool star exit looming?

Daily transfer roundup (Friday, July 10)

MLS Rumours

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba is still hoping for a move to Major League Soccer after turning down the chance to stay in Europe with FC Porto. (REPORT)

Premier League Rumours

Manchester United‘s Angel Di Maria has reportedly agreed a deal in principle to leave the club for Paris Saint Germain in a £45 million deal. (REPORT)

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Manchester City are set to make a third bid for Liverpool‘s Raheem Sterling. City have already had two offers for the Englishman declined. (REPORT)

Arsenal‘s David Ospina is considering a move to Everton. The Colombian is uncertain of his future at the club since the arrival of Petr Cech from Chelsea. (REPORT)

Done Deals

Crystal Palace have announced the signing of former Newcastle United star Yohan Cabaye. The Paris Saint Germain man will join for a club record fee of £10 million. (REPORT)

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Manchester United given HUGE boost in chase for £44m-rated star

Manchester United have been given a huge boost in their hunt for a goal-machine this summer as Real Madrid could be willing to let Karim Benzema leave, according to the Daily Star.

Benzema has been at Real Madrid since 2009 and has netted a staggering 134 goals in 279 games, which is all the more impressive as he has played each season with prolific goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 27-year-old Frenchman could be the perfect option for Louis Van Gaal given his vast experience of playing and scoring consistently at the top level.

The France international is valued at £44 million by Transfermarkt.co.uk and it is believed that Madrid would be willing to part with their star to reinvest in a younger goalscorer, with Arsenal also reportedly interested.

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Benzema is reaching the peak of his career and so a move could be a good option for both parties. His style of play could be well suited to the Premier League as a striker who boasts a complete range of abilities.

As United look set to return to Champions League action next season his experience in the competition would be a great addition to the squad. Benzema has proved he can work well with big egos and the highest quality of players.

A move could also rejuvenate struggling United star Angel Di Maria’s career. The two were part of Madrid’s ‘La Decima’ (tenth European Cup triumph) and linking up once again could help Benzema make his decision.

Would Karim Benzema be the perfect forward for United to sign this summer?

Is this £57m-rated United star on the way out of Old Trafford?

With the news today that Manchester United have secured the signing of Memphis Depay from PSV Eindhoven, Louis Van Gaal has already started his summer revamp of his current squad.

The signing of Depay, naturally a winger, could spell the end of Angel Di Maria‘s United nightmare after just one season.

It is no secret that Di Maria was linked with a move to Paris Saint Germain in last summer’s transfer window and that could be a likely destination for him next season if the French giants are willing to pay the huge transfer fee needed.

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The Argentine ace has featured 19 times in the Premier League for Van Gaal, scoring just three, but he has racked up an impressive ten assists in his debut campaign in England’s top flight.

In stark contrast Depay has netted 21 Eredivise goals and notched four assists in 28 appearances.

The fee for the 21-year-old is reported to be around £25-30 million and if United were to move Di Maria on they will make twice that amount as he is valued at £57.2 million by transfermarkt.co.uk.

Van Gaal is clearly expecting more from his forwards and this signing is a statement that he is eager to get his business underway early ahead of his first full summer in charge.

Could the signing of Memphis Depay mean Angel Di Maria is heading for the exit door?

Boost for United as £60m star WILL play at Old Trafford next season

Manchester United have received a boost ahead of the summer transfer window as Argentinian winger Angel Di Maria is set to stay at the club next season, according to the Sunday People.

The British record signing joined United from Real Madrid for £59.7 million last summer but hasn’t reached the levels he would have hoped for in his first Premier League season.

He has scored three goals with ten assists in 24 league appearances under Louis Van Gaal this season but has been linked with a move away from the club this summer.

An attempted gunpoint burglary at his home in Prestbury, Cheshire shook Di Maria up in February and left him unsettled in Manchester.

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But he has since moved to the city centre in an apartment and is now in discussions to extend his lease on the property for another year, suggesting he will spend at least one more season with Manchester United.

The 27-year-old attacker came on in Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Chelsea but has not started a game since the FA Cup clash with Arsenal in which he was sent off.

United’s loss at Stamford Bridge ended a six-game win streak but the Red Devils have improved as the season has gone on and the club, as well as Di Maria, will hope to kick on further next year.

How important is Angel Di Maria to Manchester United?

Is Angel Di Maria on his way out of Manchester United?

Angel Di Maria hasn’t exactly lived up to his £59.7m British record transfer fee since joining Manchester United last summer and could be out the door at Old Trafford as quickly as he burst in it.

A summer move away from the club is looking likely and manager Louis Van Gaal‘s comments have done little to calm down speculation.

Di Maria still hasn’t really settled in Manchester due to personal reasons and an attempted burglary on his home back in January have left the Argentine winger unhappy with life in England.

Van Gaal has said he wouldn’t force Di Maria to stay at the club if he felt it was necessary for him to leave on compassionate grounds when speaking to Sky Sports earlier this month.

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“I am always like that. When you see my history, that’s part of my philosophy,” the Dutchman said. “A player is not just a man who kicks the ball from A to B. His environment is influencing him.”

But Van Gaal was quick to reiterate that from a business point of view it is not a viable solution for Di Maria to depart after just one season, especially when the transfer cost almost £60 million.

“I shall always be open but I know the commercial interests of the club and we have to respect that. You cannot give a lot of money for a player and next season put him out of your selection.”

Di Maria has not started in either of Manchester United’s last two Premier League games against rival clubs for the top four, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool. He was suspended for the Spurs clash but his side ran out 3-0 winners and that saw him start the game against Liverpool on the bench on Sunday.

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But despite playing without Di Maria, United have won both games, playing some of their best football of the season.

The 27-year-old playmaker came on in the weekend win over Liverpool but again was in the spotlight for the wrong reason, catching the ball before it had gone out of play, epitomising his form and lack of confidence.

He did create Juan Mata’s spectacular goal with a lovely chipped pass but his creativity has not been exerted enough in his first Premier League season.

Di Maria has made 21 appearances, scoring just three times in the Premier League which is not the return many expected given the qualities he possesses.

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Paris Saint-Germain could be a possible destination for Di Maria but any move will heavily depend on whether United can recoup a similar amount to what they paid for him less than a year ago.

Recent reports suggest that clubs would not be willing to pay more than £30 million for the United man after such a disappointing season and it would be bad business for the Red Devils to let him leave for half the price they signed him for.