Angel Di Maria might be on his way to Barcelona this summer to make good on his scathing remarks about Real Madrid four years ago.
After seven years at Paris Saint-Germain, the Argentina international’s contract expires this month, and he is planning to depart the club this year. The winger has appeared in 295 games for the French giants, scoring 92 goals in the process.
However, as he prepares to go on a free transfer, a number of clubs have shown an interest, including Juventus and South American clubs. Despite his Real Madrid experience, Barcelona is the favorite to sign the 34-year-old.
The former Manchester United player has previously expressed his thoughts on a transfer to the Nou Camp, which would be unpopular in Spain’s capital. While many players might be hesitant, Di Maria has expressed interest in making the transfer and has stated that he was interested as early as 2018.
The attacker told So Foot at the time: “My connection with Madrid has come to an end since my cycle there has come to an end. To be honest, I would welcome the opportunity to play for Barca.”
In reality, a move in the summer of 2017 nearly went through just two years into his PSG career, provoking even more wrath from the club’s fans, but he remained an important member of the squad at the Parc des Princes, even signing a new deal.
“I was on the verge of joining Barcelona in the summer, but I was also a long way away,” he explained. “It’s difficult to finish moves to these teams. I never gave up hope that it would go through, but it didn’t.”
Now that he has the opportunity to leave PSG for free, Di Maria is wasting no time in attempting to force a transfer to his favorite club, Barcelona. The player has already offered his services to the Blaugrana, according to Sport.
The Argentine has a contract offer from Juventus, but he is awaiting word from Barcelona and will not make a choice until then. He also expects there will be a slew of proposals in the coming weeks, according to reports.
Di Maria spent slightly over four years with Real Madrid, where he was a key member of La Decima, the club’s tenth Champions League title-winning squad. He had 36 goals and 84 assists in 190 games with Los Blancos.
They formed a tight friendship with Cristiano Ronaldo, with the ex-Benfica ace regularly giving the five-time Ballon d’Or winner with goals for fun during Real’s golden spell. The news that he may be joining Barca shortly would come as a great shock to the Bernabeu faithful.
Several players have worn the colors of both teams over the years, but only a few enjoy the support of both sets of supporters. There haven’t been many recent examples, with Luis Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo among those who have done so.