Bayern Munich are not interested in pursuing any deal to sign Manchester United midfielder Angel di Maria this summer, according to manager Pep Guardiola.
Di Maria, 27, provided a timely reminder of his considerable ability with a brace during Argentina's 6-1 demolition of Paraguay at the Copa America on 30 June, yet endured a disappointing debut campaign at Old Trafford and made just 20 Premier League starts following a British record £59.7m ($93.1m) switch from Real Madrid.
Such struggles have inevitably led to questions regarding the player's future and happiness to remain in English football. Rumours regarding potential interest from Barcelona featured in Catalan newspaper Sport at the end of June, while Sky Deutschland have previously claimed he is Bayern's number one transfer target.
United will inevitably be reluctant to sell Di Maria without significant reward, given how much they spent to entice him away from the Bernabeu. With that in mind, Sport Bild speculates that the Bundesliga holders may even be planning to exploit Louis van Gaal's interest in Bastian Schweinsteiger by offering a potential swap deal.
Guardiola does not appearing to be entertaining any such suggestions, though, lauding the former Benfica winger's talent and also questioning his inflated transfer fee.
"I don't have to watch Argentina games, because I know him and his style of playing very well," he was quoted as telling reporters by The Independent. "United did not pay so much money for nothing, he is a great player. Although such transfer fees are sometimes really crazy."
Guardiola then supposedly responded with a simple "no" when asked directly if he was interested in taking him to the Allianz Arena.
One club with a long-running interest in Di Maria, who may be eager to capitalise on his struggle to adapt to life at United, is Paris Saint-Germain.
The Telegraph reports that Qatari-owned PSG have seen their Financial Fair Play (FFP) restrictions lifted by Uefa as part of a more relaxed approach to spending and investment, leaving them free to chase either Di Maria or perhaps even Cristiano Ronaldo in the near future.