Next season Manchester United look set to adopt a wing-back system. With that in mind Louis van Gaal needs players with the energy to go from defence to attack, and back again, on several occasions in a game. In short, they need engines with final third quality.
One player who is custom made to play that role is Argentine superstar Angel Di Maria. The Real Madrid wide-man is constantly commended for his ability to get up and down the pitch while he also possesses an excellent end product.
Real Madrid are also said to be keen on a sale. After spending big on the likes of James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos this summer the Champions League winners need to sell in order to comply with FFP regulations.
Di Maria is one player they are believed to be ready to sell.
But despite United being mentioned in passing it has generally been believed that Di Maria is more likely to head to France then anywhere else - with Paris Saint-Germain the only team with the guts and cash to make a deal likely - especially with a rumoured price tag of €75 million.
But PSG have FFP worries of their own to contend with especially after splashing £50-odd million on David Luiz of Chelsea.
And at his unveiling today the PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi confirmed that Di Maria is not going to be a PSG player this season.
He said of their move for the Argentine, as quoted by Football Espana:
“I don’t think David is too expensive. Many other big clubs wanted him. For Di Maria, it’s true we have discussed him with [Florentino Perez]. But he was too expensive. We stopped the discussions.”
Hope then for United if they are willing to dig their hands deep into their pockets this summer. Although don't believe everything Al-Khelaifi says - he also dubbed Luiz the 'best defender in the world'.