Argentina forward Angel Di Maria has said that he was close to a summer move away from Paris Saint-Germain to Barcelona after the French capital outfit signed Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
The Manchester United flop conceded that he hoped right up until the end of the French and Spanish transfer windows that a deal would be struck to take him to Camp Nou but that it never materialised.
Speaking in an interview with ESPN, the former Real Madrid man also hinted that a future move to Catalonia could still be on the cards.
“I was close and at the same time very far from reaching a deal with Barca,” Di Maria said. “I never lost hope over the chance. I was calm about it but it never happened.
“For sure, life takes many twists and turns and one never knows what the future might hold.”
The former Real Madrid and Manchester United man has lost his place in Unai Emery’s regular PSG starting XI this season, with Mbappe, Edinson Cavani and Neymar the Spaniard’s front three of choice.