Angel Di Maria will not be joining Paris St-Germain, after the French club president described Real Madrid’s asking price for the Argentine as “expensive”.
Rumour had suggested the 26-year-old was headed for the French capital city, having being reported as uninterested in Premier League club Manchester United nor Monaco, who as well are keen for his penmanship.
However, Di Maria was present at Madrid’s Valdebebas training base on Tuesday following an extended World Cup break. But the summer arrival of Colombia and Germany World Cup stars, James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos respectively at the Madrid giants, is expected to push him down the pecking order and the speculation is yet to be hushed out.
The European champions have been seeking a fee in the region of £70m for the winger, who could also play as an attacking midfielder, and PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaïfi says they have forgone all hopes of signing the ex-Benfica man because of the Spanish club’s prohibitive demands.
He said: “We spoke with Real Madrid about the possibility of signing Angel Di Maria, but it was too expensive.”
It is as well understood that Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules had hampered negotiations, as PSG, who have already signed Brazilian defender David Luiz from Chelsea for £50m would have to sell some of their stars- reportedly Edinson Cavani to Liverpool/ Manchester City- in order to have been able to foot the bill for Di Maria’s transfer and not cross boundaries again.
ManagerCarlo Ancelotti issued a warning note to the want-away player last week, stating in unequivocal terms that: “Di Maria is a Real Madrid player… He knows as well as the others… and on August 5 must be in Valdebebas.”
It is yet to be seen if United would up their interest in him, as ‘Los Merengues’ might do with any offer equal to their valuation so as to offset their combined £80m expenditure in signing Kroos and Rodriguez.
And the after-effect the Ligue 1 champions’ decision to opt out on the Real star could have on Falcao’s much speculated move to the Premier League is another grey area waiting to be explored before the end of the week.