Angel di Maria's indifferent form last season and the pursuit of Gareth Bale has led many to conclude early in the summer that the Argentine is sure to not be around in the Real Madrid dressing room next season.
But with the end of the transfer window just a few weeks away, the pacey winger still finds himself enjoying the Iberian sun in Spain with speculation about his future unending.
When news about Perez willing to break the current transfer record to land Bale first emerged, Di Maria pledged to stay on and fight for his place in the Madrid line-up next season.
Being a popular guy in the dressing room, many in the current squad at Madrid supported his cause and reports emerged about the players being unhappy with their president's dogged pursuit of Bale, whose arrival at the Santiago Bernabeu is sure to exile the Argentine to the fringes of the squad.
Key influential figures like Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos though publicly endorsing the signing expressed their doubts in private about the importance of bringing in a player with a salary of about €9million when they already have Di Maria on their books.
Cristiano Ronaldo has even held talks with the club supremo in order to convince Perez against selling the Argentine this summer.
New manager Carlo Ancelotti is also a huge admirer of the 25-year-old and only four players have seen more action than Di Maria in Madrid's pre-season: Daniel Carvajal, Pepe, Nacho and Ronaldo.
However, as the signing of Bale looks more and more likely, Di Maria is reportedly starting to consider his future with the club in a World Cup year.
The Argentine winger's main objective for the coming season is to play as much first-team football as possible, but Bale's arrival would make that difficult.
Di Maria wants to stay with the club and has made his intentions known to the Madrid hierarchy but staying under the shadows of Bale leading to the World Cup is detrimental to his chances of getting selected for the showpiece in Brazil next year, and thus the winger has refused to rule out a move to another club late on in the window.
In light of such events, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are the clubs which are being linked with a move for the Argentine international.
According to French daily newspaper Le Parisien, PSG and United might make a move for the player once Bale's move to Madrid is confirmed.
Both clubs are aware of the fact that Bale's arrival at the Santiago Bernabeu might prompt Di Maria to change his view regarding staying at the club and are prepared to offer the player an exit route should he wish to depart.
However his signing won't come cheap as Madrid are well aware that the Argentine is one of their most marketable players and as such, would be holding out for a handsome fee in order to free their hands of a player who is also one of their most valuable assets.
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