Juventus ‘to make second bid to sign Angel di Maria’ after the Argentine star ‘rejected’ their first contract offer… with the club concerned the former Real Madrid winger may instead join Barcelona
- Barcelona and Juventus are battling it out to sign free agent Angel di Maria
- The Argentine winger is leaving PSG after seven seasons with the French club
- Di Maria, 34, is reportedly considering an offer from Real’s rivals Barcelona
Juventus are to launch a second bid to sign Angel di Maria in a last-ditch attempt to beat Barcelona in the race for the Argentine winger.
Di Maria is leaving Paris Saint-Germain at the end of his contract following seven seasons with the Ligue 1 club.
The 34-year-old is among the most high-profile free agents available in the summer transfer window, with both Juventus and Barcelona interested in signing him.
Angel di Maria is leaving Paris Saint-Germain after seven seasons with the French giants
Juventus looked to be favourites to land both Di Maria but the Argentine turned down the Italian club’s offer of a one-year contract, according to Sky Sport in Italy.
They are now reportedly set to return to the table with a one-year deal with the option of an extension, which is believed to be what Di Maria is looking for.
Other reports suggest Di Maria is more likely to join Barcelona and sporting director Mateu Alemany has already spoken to the Argentine with a view to making a contract offer.
Barcelona and Juventus are battling it out to sign the 34-year-old in the summer window
Di Maria spent five years at Barcelona’s El Clasico rivals Real Madrid earlier in his career
The player’s interest in signing for Barcelona comes despite Di Maria spending five years at Real Madrid.
If the winger did join Barcelona, he would join a rare group of players who have played for both El Clasico clubs.
Di Maria left the Bernabeu in 2015 and spent a miserable season at Manchester United before making a swift exit to PSG.
He scored 92 goals in 295 appearances for the French side, winning five league titles and nine domestic cups in the process.
Juventus are also close to completing a deal to sign Paul Pogba, who is leaving Manchester United for a second time when his contract expires at the end of the month, on a free transfer.