In Focus: Di Maria could be great at Tottenham Hotspur if Manchester United demons are behind him

Tottenham Hotspur should try to sign Paris Saint-Germain star Angel di Maria, according to The Guardian journalist Gregg Bakowski.

What’s the word?

Spurs are yet to bring in any new signings this summer, but they are regularly linked to players in the transfer gossip pages.

During The Guardian’s Football Weekly podcast, Bakowski suggested that the North London outfit should move for Di Maria as manager Mauricio Pochettino could get the best out of him.

“If PSG need to sell, would Di Maria be available for £30-35m? Would he fancy coming back to England? Two Argentinians, him and Pochettino. I think he’s the sort of player who would fit that system. Not particularly flashy, works hard when he can be bothered. It would seem a logical move. Maybe Pochettino would think he could motivate him.”

There are no concrete reports that Spurs are even looking at the Argentine, but question marks have been raised over the futures of some of PSG’s first-team stars.

The £196m arrival of Neymar is likely to concern some players, particularly as it would make financial sense for the club to offload some members of the current squad.

Di Maria joined PSG from Manchester United in 2015 and has won six trophies since then.

Is there an element of risk in this deal?

One could argue that there is risk in every transfer, but there would be some doubts in this case due to Di Maria’s time at United.

The 29-year-old failed to settle at Old Trafford, and his performances reflected that.

The former Real Madrid star lasted just one season at the North-West club, although a contributing factor to his departure was the break-in of his home.

Memories of that crime may prevent him from wanting to return to England, and even if he did, he may also struggle to settle in North London.

On the flip side, Di Maria has enough quality to become a key player at Tottenham as he would fit into Pochettino’s style of play.

The Argentine can play on the left or right side of an attacking line, and he can also drop onto the wing.

As he nears his 30s, the player’s stock will drop, but he still has plenty to offer and it could be worthwhile for Tottenham to give Di Maria a second chance in the Premier League.