Spurs make contact with PSG over World Cup finalist

Tottenham Hotspur have made contact with Paris Saint Germain over a potential move for World Cup finalist Ezequiel Lavezzi according to talkSPORT.

Lavezzi could make way for the potential signing of Angel Di Maria from Manchester United, who has been on PSG’s radar for the last couple of years.

Spurs head coach, Mauricio Pochettino, is expected to add to his forward line and Lavezzi is an ideal serviceman for any striker.

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The Argentine winger has netted nine times this season in 45 appearances and his experience could play a pivotal role to help Spurs break back into the Champions League for the first time since 2011.

Lavezzi could come in as a cheap option as he has just one year remaining on his current contract. Transfermarkt.co.uk value the winger at £14 million.

The 30 year old hasn’t quite hit the high levels which earned him a move from Napoli to PSG in 2012 and it seems now would be a good time for him to move on.

Will Spurs sign Lavezzi and do they need him?

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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.

How costly will Diego Valeri’s injury be for Portland Timbers?

Portland Timbers could begin the 2015 season without key player Diego Valeri after he underwent surgery on his knee yesterday which will potentially see him out of action for five months.

It’s a lay-off that wouldn’t see him feature again until April if he is unable to recover quicker than expected with the new season beginning in March.

The Argentinian midfield maestro has been a revelation for the Timbers once again this season, setting club records in the process.

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His goals tally of 11 is the best in a single season by any Portland player since their competition in Major League Soccer began in 2011.

The previous best record was the 10 goals scored by Valeri himself in last year’s campaign (2013) – a number that striker Maximiliano Urruti also notched up this year, assisted by great service from his midfield compatriot.

He was joint second in the league assists table this year, with 14 set-ups (also a new club record) which is the same as Robbie Keane of LA Galaxy – only Landon Donovan made more (19).

The 28-year-old has been the first name on the team sheet for the last two seasons, with consistent performances of the highest standard and has only missed four games.

Diego Valeri in the last two seasons:

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He is the driving force in the Timbers side and he could prove to be a great loss in the early stages of next season.

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Portland will certainly be hoping that he can recover quicker than has been predicted and that he can be back in time for the first game, but it’s looking unlikely.

It all means that they will desperately miss their key man in the opening games of the 2015 campaign and they can only hope that it won’t have a negative impact on their playoff aspirations.

How much will Portland Timbers miss Diego Valeri if he is unable to play for the first month of next season?