The move itself would have been pretty benficial for both sides. Barcelona were potentially getting a really good winger at a decent price, due to his age, and Di Maria would get to move back to La Liga.
The 29-year-old has now admitted that a move to Camp Nou was on the agenda over the summer and that he almost signed for the club.
“I was very close to joining Barcelona,” he said.
”Unfortunately, there are things in football that made it impossible.”
Angel Di Maria | Source
The move ended up not happening, and now with Philippe Coutinho at Barcelona the need for a Di Maria has waned.
Rotation players are always needed so perhaps in the summer Barcelona might return for Di Maria at a cheap price, but until then, it seems that it was a case of so close yet so far.