Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has claimed that his side were interested in signing Manchester United winger Angel di Maria in the summer – but could not afford to make a bid due to Financial Fair Play restrictions.
The Argentinian joined the Red Devils for a British transfer record fee of £59.7 million in August and has made an impressive start to his Old Trafford career, scoring three times and providing three assists.
However, Pellegrini claims that di Maria could have been wowing Premier League crowds in the sky blue of Manchester City were it not for FFP rules.
“I think it is very easy,” Pellegrini said while speaking to reporters.
“We had important restrictions about our budget this year. We cannot spend the money that United paid for Di Maria.”
Di Maria is expected to be in the Manchester United starting XI for this weekend’s Manchester derby, and while Pellegrini acknowledged the former Real Madrid star’s potential for danger, he was quick to highlight the threat posed by the rest of Louis van Gaal’s side.
“If you asked me if he is a good player I think he is a good player and a very useful player for every team.
“I think he is a very good player but he is not the only good player at Manchester United.”