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L'Équipe: Mendes eyeing China deal for Ángel Di María

The French daily reported over the weekend that the Aregntinean's agent is seeking a bumper move for his client, who is
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El entrenador español Unai Emery saluda a un cabizbajo Ángel di María tras sustituirle en el  EA Guingamp - Paris St Germain de la Ligue 1 francesa, disputado en el Roudourou Stadium.
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Ángel di María’s days at PSG could be numbered. The Argentina midfielder arrived at the Parc des Princes in the summer of 2015 but has failed to reach the same heights this season as he did in his debut year in Ligue 1, when PSG strolled to the title.

Emery struggles

PSG have struggled domestically this season under new coach Unai Emery and are currently third in Ligue 1, with the side under pressure from the fans and the French media. The former Real Madrid and Manchester United midfielder has only managed three goals and seven assists this season, numbers that fall well below the standard he set in 2015-16.

China deal

Now, L’Equipe reports that Jorge Mendes, Di María’s agent, is studying the possibility of a move to the Chinese Super League, which is using its financial might to lure players of stature to the competition, as was the case last week when Oscar moved from Chelsea to Shanghai SIPG, with Carlos Tévez likely to follow suit. The French daily stated that Di María’s advisers “are closely watching the market in China,” after the player’s recent problems at PSG.

Since leaving Real Madrid in 2014, when he was a key part of the side that won the Champions League and the Copa del Rey under Carlo Ancelotti, Di María’s star has waned. He did not find his feet at Old Trafford and although PSG won the domestic treble they fell short in Europe and have failed to ignite this season in Ligue 1, while also losing out on top spot in their Champions League group to Arsenal, subsequently being paired with Barcelona in the last 16.

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