Angel Di Maria was keen to make a move to Paris Saint-Germain before he transferred to Manchester United this summer, despite the fact that he has denied having any contact with any other club.
That’s the claim made by Le Parisien journalist Dominic Severac, who states that the Argentine was keen to work with Laurent Blanc at the Parc des Princes and could have moved there this summer.
It’s believed that Di Maria was confident that PSG could win the Champions League within the next three years, and was convinced by their aim for becoming a European superpower.
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Over the course of the last transfer window, prior to his big money switch to Old Trafford, Di Maria found himself hotly linked with a move to Paris, and it’s since been claimed that only Financial Fair Play stopped a deal from happening.
The breach of the financial regulations meant that Blanc was restricted to only spending £50 million without raising cash through the sale of players, and that money was all but wiped out with the purchase of David Luiz.
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A decision not to sell Edinson Cavani also contributed, and if the Ligue 1 giants have any plans of buying high-profile names in January they’ll likely face the same problem.
Eventually Di Maria made a surprise move to United, with Louis van Gaal parting ways with £59.7 million and offering £180k-a-week in wages, in order to force through what would become the club’s record purchase.
Since his arrival in England the former Real star has looked impressive, and his early form is suggestive of the fact that he could be one of the league’s best players this term.
Yet with the Red Devils not playing Champions League football this season, and looking increasingly unlikely to qualify for the competition next year - they currently have less points than they did at the same stage under David Moyes - it remains to be seen just how long he’ll be there.
If Van Gaal can’t steer his squad to success within two years then Di Maria may well get itchy feet, particularly if PSG still harbour an interest in his services.