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Salvatore Sirigu not concerned by Angel di Maria transfer failure

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Salvatore Sirigu appears unconcerned by Paris Saint-Germain's failure to capture Angel di Maria this summer after the latter made quite an impression during his first two appearances for Manchester United.

With Di Maria quite shockingly having become surplus to requirements at Real Madrid following the slightly unnecessary signing of World Cup Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez in July, PSG were believed to be very eager to sign the 26-year-old in an attempt to boost the credentials of an already stellar first-team squad.

Too expensive?

The saga involving Di Maria rumbled on at quite a tedious pace throughout the recent transfer window, until Manchester United finally completed a British record £59.7 million deal for his services after PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi admitted that the price tag attached to the deal was too much for his liking, despite the versatile midfielder supposedly harbouring a preference for the French capital.

Al-Khelafi has also denied that worries concerning the potential ramifications of Financial Fair Play prevented his club from capturing Di Maria, although that is a subject that PSG's first-choice goalkeeper Sirigu does not profess to be any sort of expert in.

"Financial Fair Play is not a subject I know much about, although I do think the clubs who can afford to build should be allowed to do so," the Italian told Gazzetta dello Sport in an interview that was brought to our attention by the Daily Express.

No shortage of talent

Specifically on the subject of Di Maria, Sirigu - a senior international who has won two consecutive Ligue 1 titles as well as the Coupe de la Ligue in his three years at the Parc des Princes to date - did not seem especially bothered by losing out on such a talent, insisting that PSG have no shortage of world-class talent in his absence.

"However, we are still at a very high level even without Angel Di Maria," he continued. "After all, we still have Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic."

While Laurent Blanc's side have clearly used their impressive firepower to lethal effect domestically, the next aim for the manager, Sirigu and his teammates surely now has to be winning major European silverware.

"We want to improve after being eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Champions League by Chelsea [last season]."

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Encouraging start

If it is indeed accurate that PSG snubbed the idea of signing Di Maria due to Real Madrid's admittedly high financial demands, then their loss is likely to be to Manchester United and Louis van Gaal's significant gain.

The Champions League winner - whose performance in May's final against Atletico was worthy of gracing any game - has already gained a plethora of admirers at Old Trafford following impressive displays in the goalless draw away at Burnley and indeed Sunday's thumping 4-0 rout of Queens Park Rangers.

Drawing too many firm conclusions from encounters with newly-promoted sides would be foolish, of course, but there is no doubt that Di Maria has already made a positive and encouraging impact in English football. 

If he continues at this rate, then PSG may well regret their decision to let him slip through their grasp at a pivotal time for the club.

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