There were a number of things we learnt today. David Luiz has been given the number 32 shirt. He is as infectious as he appeared to be from afar. And Nasser Al-Khelaifi confirmed that the pursuit of Real Madrid’s Angel di Maria is over.
After weeks and weeks of speculation, rumours and conflicting reports, this long running saga that has become nothing more than tiresome has finally come to an end. The Parisien president was asked about the player during Luiz’s unveiling and responded with the following: “We have been in discussions with Florentino Perez, the President of Real Madrid, but he was too expensive and discussions are now over”.
In the long run, this is for the best in my opinion. The infeasibility of a straight-cash deal due to FFP as well as the expense just seemed out of the ordinary. With the likes of Jean-Christophe Bahebeck and Hervin Ongenda coming through after a productive pre-season, the need for another wide player (as well as trying to push a departure for Ezequiel Lavezzi) was just not worth the hassle.
As the squad stands at this moment in time, it is more than capable than challenging on all four fronts once again. The addition of Luiz and particularly Serge Aurier – which is a fantastic signing – puts us in good stead.
Of course, there will be one or two departures and there may be a possibility of another incomer. But with the Di Maria saga now put to bed, the club can spend that money more wisely next summer.