Former Paris Saint-Germain president Alain Cayzac has claimed that were he still in charge of the club he would have Angel Di Maria of Manchester United amongst his most sought-after transfer targets.
The Argentina winger was heavily linked with a move to the Parc des Princes in 2014, before eventually making a switch from Real Madrid to Old Trafford instead. Now under the tutelage of Louis van Gaal, Di Maria has looked impressive in the Premier League, giving PSG plenty to regret.
Di Maria's PSG link
Chief amongst the reasons for Laurent Blanc not being able to get his hands on the 27-year-old were the Financial Fair Play restrictions in place that meant PSG could only spent £50 million without raising the cash themselves. That exact figure was dispensed in order to tempt Chelsea into selling David Luiz, and so there was no chance of them paying the £59.7 million United did for Di Maria.
However, despite the fact Cayzac has been out of office since 2008 he told French sources that his targets - theoretically speaking - would be none other than Di Maria and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.
'I would recruit Di Maria'
"Who would I recruit at PSG? It's not very original, but there is Eden Hazard and also the player that we almost took this summer, but he did not come - not because we didn't have the means, but because of financial fair play - Di Maria," Cayzac told Planet PSG - as relayed by Le 10 Sport.
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"Also the player that we almost took this summer, but he did not come - not because we didn't have the means, but because of financial fair play - Di Maria"
"He would bring a lot. I found him very powerful on the few occasions I saw him play."
With PSG currently finding it difficult to enforce the sort of dominance they’ve shown in recent seasons this year on Ligue 1, they find themselves third in the table, and now face a tricky second-leg at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League.
Earlier this week Jose Mourinho’s Blues were able to salvage a 1-1 draw in France, meaning that the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Co. have a lot to do if they’re to qualify for the quarter-finals.
Blanc's transfer mistake?
If they don’t manage that then Blanc could very well lose his job, and questions will naturally be asked as to whether or not Di Maria could have made the difference.
Luiz is sure to be a fan favourite wherever he goes due to his approach to the game, but the Brazilian is hardly a player comparable to his South American counterpart, and perhaps PSG jumped the gun a little when they sanctioned a world-record move for the defender before waiting to see how Di Maria’s situation in Madrid would unfold.
Interestingly there remains rumours that Van Gaal may lose the player he broke the British transfer record for in the summer, should the Red Devils not qualify for the Champions League. Though an incredibly unlikely scenario from the outside looking in, if Di Maria were to be sold one would assume PSG would be his most relentless pursuers.
United fans, are you happy with Di Maria’s contribution to the first-team thus far this season? Is there any chance he could leave for PSG? Let us know in the comments box below...