PSG chief claims Di Maria wanted Paris switch

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Di Maria was close to joining PSG last summer
Di Maria was close to joining PSG last summer

Paris Saint-Germain owner owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi has suggested that Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria would be playing at his club now if it were not for UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules.

Di Maria was heavily linked with a move to PSG last summer, with some reports suggesting a deal was in place for the Argentine star to move from Real Madrid to the French capital.

Yet the financial restrictions imposed by UEFA in a bid to halt mega-rick owners changing the game's landscape forced PSG to backtrack in their plans to sign Di Maria, allowing United to step in and sign him in a British record £59.7m deal.

"Financial Fair Play is not only a problem for PSG, but for all clubs, whether German, Spanish or Italian," Al-Khelaifi told Le Parisien.

“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 their transfer ambitions). Without these sanctions, we can imagine that Di Maria would be at PSG this season.”

There are suggestions that PSG will look to sign Di Maria once again this summer as his future at United is uncertain, with the Old Trafford club's interest in winger Memphis Depay suggesting they may be considering fresh option in wide positions.

Another player who has been linked with a move to the English Premier League is Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, with Al-Khelaifi confirming PSG are interested in the services of the former Manchester United star.

“We met him because he is a great talent. He’s French, even Parisian,” he added. “But all the big clubs want him.”

Al-Khelaifi also confirmed that he had no intention of allowing Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani to leave PSG this summer, despite persistent links with a move to England.