Paris Saint-Germain owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi claims Manchester United attacker Angel Di Maria would be playing for his club if it wasn’t for Uefa’s Financial Fair Play rules.
The Argentina international joined the Red Devils from Real Madrid last summer in a British record £59.7m move, despite strong interest from PSG.
Al-Khelaifi rues the fact that the Ligue 1 heavyweights saw their spending restricted by FFP sanctions and claims the regulations are a big problem for football.
He told Le Parisien: “Last year, we were handicapped and we were clearly slowed. Without these sanctions, we can imagine that Di Maria would be at PSG this season.”
As it happens, Di Maria has struggled to impress during his first season in English football, despite a bright start to life at Old Trafford.
He has scored four goals in 30 appearances in all competitions and has fallen down the pecking order under manager Louis van Gaal, who has given the nod to England international Ashley Young instead, in recent fixtures.
United could be tempted to cash in on the former Benfica man if a big-money offer comes their way during the summer transfer window.