Arsenal and Manchester United look set to lose out on transfer target Angel di Maria, as Spanish publication Marca are reporting that Real Madrid are close to an agreement with big-spending AS Monaco.
Both David Moyes and Arsene Wenger have been credited with an interest in the Argentine winger over the past few months, but it appears the top men at Old Trafford and Emirates Stadium will have to turn to other options.
Marca report that Real Madrid are poised to allow Di Maria to join the Ligue 1 side in a deal worth around €35million, which could come as something of a surprise to many.
Manchester United's and Arsenal's interest was rebuked by Los Blancos manager Carlo Ancelotti earlier in the season, with him insisting Di Maria was crucial to the team's plans after Mesut Ozil moved to Arsenal and had many believing the young winger would play a big part this season.
The 25-year-old hasn't exactly been a marginalised figure at the Santiago Bernabeu, starting ten La Liga matches, four Champions League matches and at least making an appearance in most of Real Madrid's games this season.
However, Monaco have already proved they are ready to lure big names to the principality with some big salaries and Madrid may see selling Di Maria as a way to raise some money to make a high-profile transfer in the January window.