Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has admitted that Angel Di Maria is a ‘great player’ amidst rumours that Manchester United are considering using the Argentine winger as part of a deal to sign Bastian Schweinsteiger.
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However, the ex-Barcelona manager has confirmed that he was not interested in signing the Argentine international.
Louis van Gaal is understood to be keen on bringing Schweinsteiger to Old Trafford next season, and sees the German international as an ideal successor to Michael Carrick, who will be 34 by the time next season begins [Standard].
The possibility of a Schweinsteiger-Di Maria part-exchange deal has been mooted by Bild. The latter only moved to Manchester last season, but endured a mixed maiden campaign in the EPL.
Despite contributing 10 assists in the top flight, he was unable to hit his best form as the campaign wore on and received criticism from some portions of the United fanbase [Manchester Evening News].
Both Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich have been linked with a move for the Albiceleste midfielder—who won the Champions League in 2014 [Express].
However, as reported by talkSPORT, the Catalan coach has no intentions of bringing the former Benfica star to Bavaria this summer.
“I don’t have to watch Argentina games, because I know him and his style of playing very well,” Guardiola began.
“United did not pay so much money for nothing, he is a great player. Although such transfer fees are sometimes really crazy.”
When asked whether he was considering a move for Di Maria, the coach responded: “No.”