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Di Maria may need to take a pay cut to stay at Juventus

Di Maria may need to take a pay cut to stay at Juventus

Angel Di Maria may have to take a pay cut to stay at Juventus beyond next summer, according to Foot Mercato.

Di Maria joined the Bianconeri on a free transfer last summer after signing a one-year contract, but the club is desperate to hang on to the World Cup winner for much longer.

However, negotiations could prove difficult, especially with the club’s current economic situation, and reports suggest the Argentine playmaker may need to reduce his salary to stay in Turin.

Juventus have been docked 15 points and currently sit 12 points off the top four. So barring an improbable Europa League triumph, the Serie A giants look increasingly likely to miss out on next season’s Champions League.

Sporting director Gianluca Pessotto has assured that the club will try to reach an agreement with Di Maria. But it remains to be seen if the player will be open to the idea of a reduced salary, especially without the prospect of Champions League football.

The 35-year-old is not short on suitors, with Major League Soccer side Inter Miami keen on the Argentina international. 

Co-owner David Beckham, who is also interested in Paris Saint-Germain superstar Lionel Messi, is itching to add a player of Di Maria’s quality to his squad next summer.

Di Maria has been one of the more consistent players in Massimiliano Allegri’s side this term, notching seven goals and six assists in 21 appearances.

The former Real Madrid and PSG forward reminded the Juventus hierarchy of his quality with a stunning hattrick in Thursday night’s Europa League tie decider against Nantes.

Allegri sees Di Maria as a key part of his squad and has been pushing for the club to resolve the Argentine’s contract situation quickly.

However, the current offer is €6 million, which is lower than his initial deal. Di Maria is reportedly happy in Turin but may need convincing to put pen to paper on the new offer.

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