Manchester United fans were understandably excited about Angel Di Maria’s performance in the Copa America semi final win over Peru earlier in the week as the winger grabbed 2 goals in a 6-1 rout.
Believing that they could be about to see the best of the £60m signing this season after he failed to impress in his debut season at old Trafford, many felt that a rejuvenated Di Maria could be as good as a new signing, especially with Di Maria seemingly committing himself to United’s cause with comments to the Argentine press.
But optimism will now turn to worry with news that UEFA have lifted PSG’s Financial Fair Play transfer ban, leaving them free to pursue Di Maria’s signature.
FFP prevented the French club from signing Di Maria last summer, making United his only viable option upon leaving Real Madrid but with the ban lifted they may return for the 27 year old this summer.
The French club had forced to work with a transfer budget of £42.5m, with £8.5m already committed to signing defender Serge Aurier from Toulouse after a loan spell. They were also forced to work with restrictions on their squad size but this has been lifted allowing them move for Di Maria and offer a fee that would see United recoup the £60m they spent last summer.
Di Maria had had his heart set on a move to the French capital last summer so could perform a u turn and tell the club that he wants to leave now that PSG are able to buy him, but with manager Louis Van Gaal stating earlier in the summer that he wants to hold on to the player he may not sanction the move.