PSG say no to Manchester United target - best thing for the club

Angel Di Maria

Paris Saint-Germain have decided to not pursue Angel Di Maria, but this could be the best decision the club has made this summer.

Earlier today, Paris Saint-Germain confirmed that they would not be pursuing a move for Manchester United target Angel Di Maria of Real Madrid. The fee of €65 million is too much for the French club to pay due to their Financial Fair Play restrictions, and it should open the door for Louis van Gaal to complete the transfer if the Dutch coach decides he wants the Argentine player as part of his squad this season.

Laurent Blanc and PSG will be disappointed that they will not be able to add to the squad before the opening weekend of the Ligue 1 season, but it could be the best thing to happen to the French champions.

The Parisians are very likely to change their formation this season, moving to a 4-3-1-2 to give Edinson Cavani his wish of playing a more central role this season, but that would mean dropping winger Ezequiel Lavezzi from the 4-3-3 and playing someone in behind that can be more of a creative force.

Lavezzi failed to register a single assist last season, so it would be unlikely he would be able to play the role. Di Maria notched up 17 assists last season in La Liga, so the benefits of the transfer are there to be seen. However, PSG still have Brazilian Lucas Moura on their books and the 21-year-old forward finished last season with 11 assists, even though he only started 18 matches.

With every game that Blanc seems to give Lucas his trust, the Brazilian is growing in stature. It would make a lot of sense for Blanc to give Lucas more of a starting role this season, unleash the forward in a free role behind the attackers and give him a chance to produce.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic likes to drop deep into the hole and collect the ball, this would give Lucas license to drift wide and push forward. The combination of all three players could be a wonderful partnership for PSG and could just save the club €65 million while making Lucas into a superstar, getting the most out of the €42 million that they paid for the Brazilian 18-months ago.

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