Man United dealt blow as defensive target admits to wanting PSG stay

Manchester United have been hit with a transfer blow after Gregory van der Wiel admitted his desire to remain with Paris Saint-Germain, according to reports from the Daily Star.

The 27-year-old emerged as one of the top right-back candidates for manager Louis van Gaal earlier in the summer, but despite being linked, a move failed to materialize.

He instead turned his attentions to Matteo Darmian who joined from Serie A outfits Torino for a fee of £12.7million this summer.

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Van Gaal was even considering the idea of a swap deal with PSG involving Angel Di Maria and Van Der Wiel, but the defender admitted to wanting to stay despite the club trying to push his sale.

“I want to stay at PSG but the club wants me to go. Things are clear,” he said.

His agent Mino Raiola has also revealed that a number of clubs in Europe have been monitoring his situation as his client is yet to agree to the terms of a new contract.

“We are currently discussing for a possible extension. But we have not yet found an agreement,” he said.

“I hope that it will come, because there are a lot of interested clubs in England, Spain, Italy and Germany.”

The Netherlands international managed to register 22 Ligue 1 starts last term, scoring one goal while providing a further three assists.