After a summer of intense speculation linking Real Madrid's Angel Di Maria with Paris Saint-Germain, the French champions were ultimately defeated in their quest to sign the Argentinian international. The 26-year-old opted to join Manchester United instead and Louis van Gaal's side sealed a British record transfer deal to take Di Maria to Old Trafford on Tuesday, per ESPN FC's Richard Jolly.
The news was a major blow for PSG, as the French capital outfit had set their sights upon Di Maria some time ago. However, the size of the transfer deal—£59.7 million or €75.2 million per the same ESPN FC piece—left Les Parisiens in the unfamiliar position of being unable to compete because of UEFA's Financial Fair Play sanctions.
Although there is still time for Laurent Blanc's men to delve back into the market, it now seems unlikely. PSG have already let a number of top-quality and good-value transfers elude them this summer because of their focus on Di Maria. El Fideo (the noodle) not arriving after all of that has exposed just how limited the side from the French capital are by UEFA's FFP punishments.
The French champions have already made a few moves in the transfer window. Here is reminder of PSG’s summer business, in full, so far:
David Luiz (Chelsea), Serge Aurier (Toulouse on loan), Clement Chantome (returns from loan spell with Toulouse), Jean-Christophe Bahebeck (returns from loan spell with Valenciennes), Alphonse Areola (returns from loan spell with RC Lens and joins Bastia), Jordan Ikoko (returns from loan spell with US Creteil-Lusitanos and joins Havre AC) and Antoine Conte (returns from loan spell with Stade de Reims before making transfer permanent).
Alex and Jeremy Menez (both AC Milan), Christophe Jallet (Lyon), Kingsley Coman (Juventus on a free transfer), Kalifa Traore (Angers), Antoine Conte (Reims), Alphonse Areola (Bastia on season-long loan), Youssouf Sabaly (Evian on season-long loan), Jordan Ikoko (Havre AC on season-long loan) and Romain Habran (Sochaux on season-long loan).
PSG transfer information last updated on August 30 using Ligue1.com’s transfer tracker.