Barcelona fans react to late swoop for former Real Madrid star Angel Di Maria

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With hours to go for the Spanish transfer deadline, Barcelona descended into a mad scramble for Angel Di Maria.

The Catalans decided to chase the former Real Madrid star after failing to land Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool.

Barcelona rushed to bring in the 29-year-old Paris Saint-Germain midfielder after securing the signature of Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund.

Di Maria won the Champions League, a La Liga title and two Copa del Reys during his time at Real Madrid.

Barca fans however were not pleased with the move for a former player of their fierce rivals.

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Neymar reveals Philippe Coutinho's disappointment as Liverpool star misses out on Barcelona move

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Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho is not happy after his move to Barcelona failed to go through on transfer deadline day, according to Brazil teammate Neymar.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward who move away from Barcelona in a world record fee earlier in August claims Coutinho has been left disappointed by how things unfolded.

“Unfortunately, instead of being a happy time for him [Coutinho], for his family, it’s a moment of anguish, disappointment and sadness,” Neymar told ESPN FC.

Coutinho featured in Brazil’s 2-0 win over Ecuador on Thursday and got on the score sheet as well.

“I like to see him happy because he is a team-mate and a friend that I’ve had for a long time.

“He was rewarded with a goal today, for his and our joy.”

Coutinho’s contract at Liverpool runs until 2022.

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Barcelona race to sign former Real Madrid star Angel Di Maria after missing out on Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho

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Barcelona are in a race against time to sign Angel Di Maria from Paris Saint-Germain.

According to Sport, the Catalans have decided to settle for the former Real Madrid star after failing to land Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool.

Barcelona had offers of €25 million and €35 million for the Argentine midfielder turned down but PSG have reduced the asking price to €60 million from €90 million.

The La Liga outfit will continue negotiations in a bid to complete the transfer in time. The Spanish deadline is at 11pm on September 1 local time (3am GST on September 2).

Di Maria won the Champions League, a La Liga title and two Copa del Reys during his time at Madrid.

Barcelona are determined to bring in the 29-year-old after securing the signature of Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund.

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