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Watch: Di Maria sets up Cavani with gorgeous chip

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Angel Di Maria showed on Friday once more why he’s one of the world’s best playmakers.

The Argentine midfielder produced a brilliant assist for Edinson Cavani’s second goal of the night in the first half of Paris Saint-Germain’s match against OGC Nice, chipping nearly the entire Nice team to find Cavani one-on-one with the goalkeeper.

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Di Maria also set up PSG’s first goal and third goal. The 29-year-old had one assist coming into the match and had eight last year for PSG in all competitions.

Barcelona’s Twitter hacked to claim Di Maria signing

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FC Barcelona had eyeballs popping across the Twitterverse for a solid 90 seconds there.

La Liga’s giants Tweeted out a welcome to Angel Di Maria, the current PSG and former Real Madrid star, with the hashtag #DiMariaFCB.

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It was an odd Tweet for 4 a.m. local time, as humourously pointed out by our Andy Edwards, and the hackers were quick to claim credit before any Tweets could be deleted.

So if someone tells you Angel Di Maria is the latest member of Barcelona, be sure to stop the spread of fake news.

On a day where Barca’s reportedly ready to up their bid for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, something tells us someone at the Camp Nou is turning over their keys to the club’s social media.

Di Maria agrees deal in Spain over tax fraud

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Angel Di Maria has agreed a deal with Spain’s state prosecutor in which the former Real Madrid forward admits two counts of tax fraud of almost €1.3 million euros ($1.4 million) in exchange for a lighter sentence.

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In a document reviewed by The Associated Press on Wednesday, Di Maria’s lawyer accepted the two counts, which relate to fraud committed in 2012 and 2013. The prosecutor recommends a sentence of 16 months and a fine of nearly €800,000 ($890,000).

Di Maria, who currently plays for French club Paris Saint-Germain, will likely not serve any prison time because sentences of less than two years for first-time offenders are usually suspended.

The deal will have to be ratified by a judge when the case goes to court.

The case involves income the Argentina forward made from image rights, not from his salary paid by Real Madrid.

Football leaks: French police raid PSG HQ, 3 players’ homes

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PARIS (AP) A French official says police investigating suspected tax fraud linked to the soccer industry have raided the headquarters of Paris Saint-Germain and the homes of three Argentine players in France.

The official said anti-corruption police units searched the homes of PSG players Angel Di Maria and Javier Pastore, and that of Nantes forward Emiliano Sala on Tuesday.

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Police also raided the head offices of PSG at Parc des Princes and other offices in Boulogne-Billancourt, outside the French capital, the official said.

The official, familiar with the case, declined to be identified because the investigation is ongoing.

The national financial prosecutor’s office opened an investigation in December after so-called “football leaks” reports allegedly detailed tax arrangements by top players, coaches and clubs.

VIDEO: Mourinho on which Man Utd players he “would’ve never sold”

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he took over a “sad” club this summer, and part of that is done to the quality of players sold by previous bosses.

Speaking to Gary Lineker, Mourinho says he would have “never” sold at least three players unloaded by United.

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Angel Di Maria, Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, and Danny Welbeck would all remain Red Devils if Mourinho was in charge.

Mourinho also talks about Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the 10-minute interview, posted above.