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Angel Di Maria's move to Barcelona from PSG has collapsed

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Barcelona must be sick of the sight of Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

Last season's Ligue 1 runners-up stunned the five-time European champions when they triggered Neymar's €222million release clause and made him the most expensive player in the world.

No-one could quite believe the Brazilian had actually made that move until he was unveiled at the Parc des Princes.

Ever since, there's been bad blood between the different parties. Barca have tried to sue Neymar, and the forward and his father have launched a counter-claim.

It's not often the Blaugrana find themselves the victims in the transfer market; they're normally the ones to cherry-pick the finest talents from around the continent.

Yet, even giants like Barca find it impossible to compete with Qatar-backed PSG, who now find themselves at the centre of a UEFA investigation regarding Financial Fair Play after they snapped up Kylian Mbappe from Monaco.

Their extravagant spending supposedly means they need to balance the books by offloading some players.

Just to make matters even more bizarre, Angel Di Maria was one such star mooted to be leaving, with Catalonia his expected destination.

A former Real Madrid man at the Nou Camp - what could possibly go wrong?

The deal's collapsed 

This wouldn't quite have been Luis Figo territory but regardless, their fanatical fans have been spared having to see the Argentine donning their famous jersey.

On Friday night, numerous reports in the Spanish media suggested the deal was done, only for it to collapse in the last few hours of the window.

La Liga expert and respected journalist Guillem Balague has now shed some light on why, claiming Barca would not pay the fee PSG were asking.

It's perhaps a bit rich for Barca to call the market crazy when they have just spent over €105million on 20-year-old Ousmane Dembele.

Nevertheless, their failure to sign another top target won't have gone down well given that they have ended the summer without Philippe Coutinho.

A motion of no confidence in club president Josep Maria Bartomeu is already underway and it remains to be seen whether these latest dealings will have any impact on how his future pans out.

Should Barca try for Di Maria again in the future? Have your say in the comments. 

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