PSG were forced to stop their pursuit of Angel Di Maria after Laurent Blanc campaigned for the signing of David Luiz, reports Le10Sport.
The Ligue 1 champions were forced to curb their spending after falling foul of Uefa's Financial Fair Play regulations. They were fined for their discrepancies and further violations would have led to expulsion from European competition.
As a result, PSG's billionaire owner Nasser Al-Khelaïfi could only afford to bring in one major signing. Di Maria was made available from Real Madrid and he was the first choice target of the president but manager Blanc had other ideas.
Blanc desperately wanted his defence strengthened and Luiz was labelled as the perfect signing. Although Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho seemed very willing to sell, they still managed to convince PSG to pay £40 million for the Brazilian.
The report suggests that Blanc was keen on signing Di Maria as well, but the priority was always to seal Luiz first. Unfortunately, the price left PSG without the funds to complete a deal for Di Maria.
PSG were the only club providing competition to Manchester United for Di Maria's signature. Plenty of reports suggested that the Argentinian preferred a move to Parc des Princes but was ultimately left with no alternative but Old Trafford when PSG pulled out.
Di Maria broke the British transfer record with his £59.7 million transfer fee and has had a decent start to life in Manchester. The winger has scored twice and assisted twice in four games.
In comparison, PSG have had a poor start to their title defence in Ligue 1 and Luiz has been far from at his best thus far. Although undefeated, PSG have drawn five of their opening eight games, leaving them four points behind early pace setters Marseille.
Selling to buy
PSG did have the option of selling some of their current stars in order to fund a move for Di Maria. Most notably, Edinson Cavani was linked with an exit from the club after struggling to settle since his record-breaking move from Napoli in 2013.
Cavani has played second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Blanc has opted to play him on the left wing – Di Maria's favoured position – as a result.
Plenty of clubs were linked with a move, but the £54 million price tag proved too rich for the likes of Arsenal.