Top 5 possible destinations for Angel Di Maria￼
Angel Di Maria’s stint at Paris Saint-Germain has come to an end, as his current deal will expire next month at the end of the 2021/22 football season. The same was confirmed last week by the Ligue 1 champions who confirmed that the Argentine winger will leave the club after seven years with the French champions.
The Argentine is still one of the most lethal attackers in world football and will be the source of a bidding war after becoming a free agent. Hence, a lot of clubs, in and outside of Europe, will be rubbing their hands with excitement given the developments around his contractual situation. As for the former Manchester United player, a change in environment could re-invigorate his hunger to succeed further. A separation from Paris Saint-Germain, where he struggled for regular game-time with the arrival of Messi, could be the ideal outcome.
As the Argentine ponders his next destination, PariMatch News consider five possible destinations for ‘El Fideo’ –
Reports in Italy have claimed Massimiliano Allegri’s side is strongly considering the prospect of signing Di Maria. With the official confirmation of Paulo Dybala’s exit this summer, it makes way for another forward and thus the former Real Madrid man would be an ideal replacement for the Bianconeri.
The winger could fill the gap left by his countryman at Juventus next term and will arrive without a hefty transfer fee. This works well for the Serie A outfit who have struggled for goals the last term. Apart from January recruit Dusan Vlahovic and Dybala himself, all have actually failed for the Serie A giants last season. And thus, it is believed Allegri’s side has earmarked Di Maria and his PSG teammate Mauro Icardi as possible options to partner with the Serbian upfront.
#2 Newcastle United
Newcastle United will add multiple quality players to the squad after the successful takeover by a consortium led by the PIF of Saudi Arabia. This development has made the Premier League outfit the richest club in the world. Adding Angel Di Maria to their ranks will be a huge statement of intent from the club.
The former Madrid man will not only bring experience but will also transform Newcastle’s attack. He will join players such as Callum Wilson, Allan Saint-Maximin, Ryan Fraser and so on who will be boosted by his presence. He can even find his old Real Madrid teammate Gareth Bale at the club and can form a deadly partnership with him at Saint James’ Park.
However, convincing Di Maria to come back to England, after his less than pleasurable experience with Manchester United and English weather, will be tricky. Having said that, a lucrative contract might just convince the former Red Devil to come back to the Premier League.
#3 Inter Miami
According to reports, the 2021 Copa America champion is keen on making a move to the MLS, with David Beckham’s Inter Miami as one of his preferred destinations. According to the same report, Di Maria is in fact hopeful of convincing his former PSG and Argentina teammate Lionel Messi to make the MLS move alongside him.
Inter Miami are owned by David Beckham, with the club having been founded in 2018. It’s one of MLS’ newest clubs, but the allure of partnering with Beckham and playing in the lively city of Miami is sure to turn some heads when it comes to a potential MLS move.
Many of Europe’s top talents have been linked with future swaps for the MLS as they enter the twilight of their career, and it seems Di Maria may be the next in line to make the move out West. Acquiring the 34-year-old on a free transfer would be an absolute coup for Beckham and Inter Miami, though the Argentine is sure to command some hefty wages.
#4 SL Benfica
A remarkable move back to the club where he made his name could be on the cards for Angel Di Maria. It was at SL Benfica where the Argentine impressed with his breathtaking quality, that convinced Real Madrid to splash €33m on a 22-year-old.
He scored 15 goals and made 28 assists in 119 appearances for the Portuguese outfit and could return to add to those numbers. Moreover, Benfica will most probably lose their star forward Darwin Nunez to an elite European club. In that scenario, the gap could be filled by Di Maria, who will come without a transfer fee involved.
#5 Boca Juniors
Angel Di Maria indicated roughly a couple of years ago that hopefully, PSG will be his last club in Europe. It is unclear if his stance has changed or not, but if that were to be true, then heading back to his home country seems like a no-brainer.
Last year, it was reported that the Xeneizes were pushing hard for Angel Di María to play again in his native country. In fact, many media considered the negotiations between club and player as very advanced. Although ‘El Fideo’ was quite excited about the possible signing of him by Boca Juniors, the player went on to stay in Paris for his final year of the contract due to the idea of continuing to play in the elite of European football.
Boca Juniors are one of the biggest clubs in South America, let alone Argentina. The club will be an ideal match for the ambitious Di Maria, who will look to win trophies outside of Europe. A reunion with former teammate Marcos Rojo could be on the cards for the 34-year-old.