Angel Di Maria: Manchester United not likely to face competition from Paris Saint-Germain, says Laurent Blanc

PSG boss said club 'cannot do what they want' because of FFP

Tom Sheen
Saturday 23 August 2014 14:38
Manchester United will try and push through a £50m deal for Real Madrid's Angel Di Maria
Manchester United will try and push through a £50m deal for Real Madrid's Angel Di Maria

Manchester United are not likely to face opposition from big-spending Paris Saint-Germain in the race to sign Real Madrid star Angel Di Maria.

After Di Maria asked to leave the Spanish giants yesterday, United and the Ligue 1 champions were the two clubs reported to be his most likely destinations.

However, because of Financial Fair Play regulations PSG are unlikely to be able to afford a deal for the Argentine, who has a price tag of more than £50m.

Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Blanc said: "There are many clubs interested in Di Maria.

"PSG cannot do what we want. It’s a difficult case."

The club, along with Premier League champions Manchester City, were fined €60 million for breaching Uefa rules.

City have had a, relatively, quiet summer in the transfer window. Six players have arrived, with their biggest outlay on Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala, with nine players leaving the club, including Javi Garcia and Jack Rodwell which raised around £20m.

PSG on the other hand have spent more than £50m on David Luiz and Serge Aurier.

Blanc also told French newspaper L'Equipe: "With large players like Di Maria, there are a lot of clubs behind him certainly.

"PSG can not do what he wants in terms of recruitment (because of financial fair play). This is a difficult issue, the president has confirmed to me."

One way PSG may raise cash is to sell either Edinson Cavani or Ezequiel Lavezzi. Both of those players were linked with Liverpool, but with Mario Balotelli arriving at Anfield soon, deals for those two are likely dead in the water.

Other clubs around Europe could be interested in the pair, but no concrete offers have yet been made.

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