Real Madrid have a preference to sell star winger Angel di Maria to Manchester United over Paris Saint-Germain in order to avoid clashing with the Red Devils in a potential future transfer battle involving AS Monaco playmaker James Rodriguez.
This is according to Spanish newspaper AS, who claim that both United and PSG have tabled €60 million offers for the Argentina international, who would reportedly prefer to join the oil-rich French champions over the Premier League giants.
James Rodriguez dilemma
Real Madrid are aware that United are also keen on €75 million-rated Colombia international Rodriguez, who currently leads the way to secure the World Cup Golden Boot award with six goals to his name.
But Red Devils’ boss Louis van Gaal will only consider a move for the 23-year-old is he fails in his bid to sign Di Maria. With Real Madrid determined to make Rodriguez their latest Galactico, it makes sense for the European champions to encourage Di Maria to sign for the English club.
But encouraging Arsenal target Di Maria to move to Old Trafford could prove difficult, with the player reportedly more open to the idea of teaming up with fellow Argentines Ezequiel Lavezzi and Javier Pastore at the Parc des Princes instead.
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United out of Europe
Another reason why Di Maria, who is facing a race against time to be fit for Sunday's World Cup final against Germany, might feel less inclined to join the Red Devils is because the famous Premier League outfit are not competing in the Champions League - or Europa League - next season.
A disastrous campaign under Van Gaal’s predecessor, David Moyes, means United have no European football to offer one of the world’s best wingers.
Van Gaal, though, will have the utmost confidence in his own ability to bring what remains a talented group of players back into Europe’s premier club competition in time for the start of the 2014/15 campaign.
But whether the veteran Dutch coach will be able to convince Di Maria is another matter.