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.
If you ever wondered why Bartomeu wants Di Maria: pic.twitter.com/40g6oXwQUB
— FCB Jokes (@BarcaBanterEra) September 1, 2017
Signing Di Maria the stupidest possible action by Barcelona, it’s simply unfathomable by any standards.
— Rafael Hernández (@RafaelH117) September 1, 2017
When Di Maria dribbles 4 players and his cross ends up at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano parking lot >>>
— Robin (@Dybalance) September 1, 2017
Dí Maria to Barça? I’m actually DEAD. Finished, finished club. Ths guy is beyond awful now. And also a snake now
— tag (@mxdric) September 1, 2017
Barca buying Di Maria from PSG with the FFP investigation in progress is like someone giving an alibi to the person who burgled their house.
— Darryl (@LordMoloch) September 1, 2017
PSG: 222M + Di Maria for Neymar.
Bartomeu : NO. We will pay 60M for Di Maria on 1st September. #CiaoBarto
— Barça (@semprebarcaa) September 1, 2017
Signing Di Maria after the way he played yesterday is like siging Brazil’s defenders after they lost 7-1 to Germany. Complete madness.
— Mujtaba (@MujtaBATMAN) September 1, 2017
Not only does Di Maria get to frustrate me with Argentina but now he will frustrate me with Barcelona. Excellent.
— Roy Nemer (@RoyNemer) September 1, 2017
— Seyi (@TenShadesDarker) September 1, 2017
Happy We Didn’t Sign Coutinho 😂 But Di Maria 😭 BARTMOEU NEEDS STEP DOWN #BARTMOEUOUT
— Henry M. Matlala (@KH_Wave) September 1, 2017
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.
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.