Angel Di Maria would be playing for Paris Saint-Germain not Manchester United had Financial Fair Play rules not been a factor, according to the Ligue 1 champions’ owner, Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
The Argentine signed for the Red Devils last summer in a British record £59.7m deal after being forced out of Real Madrid by the arrival of Colombian World Cup star James Rodriguez.
At the time PSG were openly chasing Di Maria, but UEFA rules regarding spending money that is raised by the club – effectively hamstringing wealthy owners – prevented a deal from going through, with the mega purchase of David Luiz from Chelsea doing little to help with balancing the books.
And Khelaifi says that Di Maria would be in Paris now instead of Manchester had it not been for the issue surrounding spending:
“Financial Fair Play is not only a problem for PSG, but for all clubs, whether German, Spanish or Italian,” he I quoted by Goal.
“This is a big problem for UEFA now. UEFA must change the rules. I trust them. Last year, we were handicapped and we were clearly slowed (in the transfer market). Without these sanctions, we can imagine that Di Maria would be at PSG this season.”
Di Maria has endured an up and down season at United, with his initial performances showing promise before a winter decline – he’s now frequently used from the bench by Louis van Gaal.