Inter Milan are set to make an offer worth €50m for Paris Saint-Germain star Ángel Di María, as the club’s new Chinese billionaire owners press on with plans to awaken the Serie A sleeping giants and challenge for the league title next season. The former Manchester United player is a primary target for new Inter boss Luciano Spalletti, who is determined to spend big this summer.
According to reports from Tuttosport, via Football Italia, I Nerazzurri are prepared to pay a hefty sum to secure the services of the 29-year-old, seeing him as the ideal man to bring a spark of creativity to their midfield. Inter are hopeful of signing the Argentinean star, as PSG are gunning to sign Real Madrid forward James Rodríguez, who could well steal Di María’s starting spot.
The former Galactico failed to impress during his time in the Premier League with Manchester United, but has become a crucial part of the PSG side since joining the club in 2015. Di María scored 14 goals and provided eight assists in all competitions for his side last season. A technically skilled and tenacious attacking player, Di María could certainly thrive at the San Siro.
It is believed that Inter will offer the player a four-year contract, worth around €7.5m per-season. However, this pales in comparison to the €11m per-annum wage that Di María earns at PSG, and the player may have to take a pay cut if he wishes to join the three-time Champions League winners. Inter’s owners aim to fund the huge deal with the additional support of their sponsors.
Inter have already made a big signing this summer, bringing in Atalanta’s talismanic central midfielder Roberto Gagliardini for €19.6m. The side will be desperate to challenge for the Serie A title next season, which has been won by Juventus for the last six occasions in a row. Napoli and Roma will also be vying for title, setting up for a thrilling 2017-2018 Serie A season.