City could not afford to sign Angel di Maria because of Financial Fair Play
Pellegrini has also revealed that his side would have been interested in bringing di Maria to the Etihad Stadium over the summer, but couldn’t because of FFP.
The Argentina international instead joined their rivals in a British record £59.7m deal and the 60-year-old has reflected on what could have been.
“I think it is very easy. We had important restrictions about our budget this year. We cannot spend the money that United paid for Di Maria,” Pellegrini was quoted by Goal.