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Man United winger prevented from Barcelona transfer due to rivals’ contract clause

Angel Di Maria will definitely not be moving to Barcelona from Manchester United this summer, following revelations that he has a clause in his contract preventing him from the Nou Camp.

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According to reports in Spain [via the Mirror] the caveat was included by his former employers Real Madrid when they sold him to United last summer.

The Argentine winger moved to Old Trafford for £59.7 million in August 2014 [ManUtd.com], but endured a mixed maiden campaign in England.

He contributed 10 assists as the Red Devils returned to the Champions League, but endured hostility from some portions of the club’s fans [Daily Mail].

His performances have seen him link with swift departure from Manchester, with both Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain heavily linked with his signature [Express].

Barcelona had also been linked with his signature, with Luis Enrique believed to be an admirer of the Albiceleste midfielder [Daily Mail].

However, that transfer will not be a possibility, with Los Merengues having insisted that a clause be inserted in the 27-year-old’s contract in order to prevent the possibility of him switching to their fierce rivals.

The player himself has insisted that he is not looking to leave Old Trafford so soon after arriving [TalkSPORT]. Similarly, Red Devils legend Paul Scholes has insisted that his former club ought to keep hold of the precious talent of Di Maria [ESPN].

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