BARCELONA, NETRALNEWS.COM – Barcelona's move in hunting the main target in the transfer market this summer in search of a new star to substitute Neymar da Silva Jr. encountered a very steep stumbling block.
Liverpool still refused to release its Brazilian star player, Philippe Coutinho. Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund still insistently rejects the offering to Ousmane Dembele.
Therefore, as reported by Marca and Sport, Barcelona Coach Ernesto Valverde began to do a new plan aka "Plan B" by targeting former Real Madrid and Manchester United player, Angel Di Maria.
This new step is not apart from the support provided by Azulgrana's superstar, Lionel Messi, and senior player Javier Mascherano. This is understandable as Di Maria is a friend of Messi and Mascherano in the Argentina national team.
Ironically, the arrival of Neymar to PSG is claimed to make the chance for Di Maria to be regular player slim. On the other hand, PSG also need additional capital to cover the cost of bringing in Neymar.
With his remaining two-season contract, PSG hopes Di Maria's price tag is still quite high. PSG spent a transfer fee of up to EUR64 million or approximately IDR992 billion when bring him from the Red Devils in July 2015.
Another factor that supports Valverde's move is the expiration of the "Anti-Barcelona" clause in DI Maria's contract when leaving Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, 2014. That is, no compensation fee is required to be paid to Madrid.
However, given Neymar's transfer is claimed to make the relationship between PSG and Barcelona tense, it is believed the process of Di Maria's negotiation will run more difficult. (*)