It was a great news for Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain fans as L’Equipe reports that UEFA have decided to lift financial fair play restrictions on them. The French media claims that the oil rich club will celebrate by launching a bid for their long term target Angel Di Maria whom they could not bid for last season due to FFP regulations and can offer Manchester United’s asking price of €60 million for the Argentine’s services.
The fact that Bayern Munich’s Pep Guardiola has ruled out a move for the quicksilver Argentine might hurt PSG’s bargaining power, but this will be one to watch as the summer wears on. The former Real Madrid player is now in great form for his country at Copa America with scoring a brace in their last match against Paraguay at the semi final of the continental competition.
ESPN FC’s Alexis Nunes and Shaka Hislop question whether or not the Ligue 1 side would be a better fit for Di Maria instead of Old Trafford. The winger joined the Red Devils last summer for a British transfer record fee of £59.7million, but has failed to justify the hefty price-tag.
Despite enjoying a good start to his Old Trafford career, Di Maria soon found himself frozen out of Louis van Gaal’s first-team as injuries took their toll. And although Di Maria has publicly insisted he plans to remain in the Premier League, French newspaper RMC claims that the Argentina winger has privately told the club he wants an exit.
It is added that PSG are leading the race for his signature, with Laurent Blanc’s side set to launch a £42.5m bid next week. PSG has two Argentines in their squad with Javier Pastore and Ezequiel Lavezzi. Di Maria may be on his way to join his compatriots at the Paris club.
However, United could apparently take advantage of the French club’s interest by moving for Dutch right-back Gregory van der Wiel whom Louis Van Gaal wants to solve his team’s problems at right back position. The Dutchman has been put on the transfer list at the Parc des Princes and could find himself used as a bargaining chip in PSG’s move for Di Maria.