Alas, it looks for all the world like Angel Di Maria's brief Premier League adventure is at an end.
Despite his scheduled post-season annual leave elapsing, the Argentinian winger has not joined his Manchester United colleagues on tour in America and is expected instead to sign for PSG before the week is out thus bringing to a prematureconclusionhis largely barrendalliancewith English football, one year into a five-year contract.
Aston Villa's almost Newcastle-esque raid on French football has continued apace this afternoon with the signing of Jordan Ayew from Lorient.
The 23-year-old Ghanaian international winger has signed a five-year deal with Villa and joins fellow Ligue 1 recruitsJordan Amavi and Idrissa Gueye (formerly of OGC Nice and Lille respectively)on the books.
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Pedro Prepped For Chelsea
Chelsea will wrap up the signing of Pedro next week, according to the Star. The Barcelona winger has struggled for game time behind the Messi-Suarez-Neymar forward line and is now looking for a move away from the Nou Camp.
Rumours have been percolating for several weeks but it looks like one of the most unlikely transfer deals of the window so far may just be edgding towards completion.
According to the BBC, Crystal Palace have summoned up the chutzpah to lodge a £10million bid (rising to £13million with add-ons) for PSG midfielder Yohan Cabaye, and the Ligue 1 champions have only gone and bloody well accepted it!
Chelsea closing in on fifth summer signing, Mourinho keen on Brazilian - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Having sold Filipe Luis to Atletico Madrid earlier this month. Chelsea are now in the market to sign another left back. Jose Mourinho'sChelseaare closing in on Brazilian Alex Telles from Galatasaray, after reaching an impasse with Augsburg from Abdul Rahman Baba.
Louis Van Gaal wants to sign a superstar for Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has made a sensational claim earlier today that the club needs to sign a player with world class calibre, in the level of Hazard, Neymar or Suarez.
The Dutchman claimed that it is impossible to sign Cristiano because of the fee Real Madrid would demand, but his team needs a superstar in order to bridge the gap between them and the European elite next season.
PHOTOS: Radamel Falcao's first training session with Chelsea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Chelsea's new season Radamel Falcao has joined up with his teammates in the Blues pre-season tour of the United States of America today. The Colombian, along with compatriot Juan Cuadrado, has returned from holiday following the Copa America in Chile earlier this month.
Manchester United target €65m striker, £280k/week star set for exit - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United are having quite the day in the transfer market. After it was confirmed that both Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin had agreed to join Old Trafford, The Guardian has now reported that another top-quality signing could be on his way.
Argentine superstar agrees personal deal, €60m Manchester United transfer likely - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Angel di Maria vowed to fight for his places next season at United, but he might not get the opportunity to do so, as reports from France suggest, the Argentine has already agreed a personal deal to join PSG.
Angel Di Maria's agent Jorge Mendes is reportedly in Paris to work out the final details of his client's move from Manchester United to Paris Saint-Germain for €60 million this summer according to Mercato 365.
The French football website says that Di Maria really wants to move to the Parc des Princes in this window, and with the fees all reportedly agreed upon it's now surely just a matter of time until the transfer is finalised.