Manchester United look set to miss out in the race to sign Angel di Maria because he prefers a move to Paris Saint-Germain, according to the Sunday Times.
The news will come as a huge blow for the Red Devils, who appeared to be increasingly keen on landing the Argentinian this summer as part of their squad overhaul under Louis van Gaal.
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Di Maria is currently away with Argentina at the World Cup preparing to go up against Germany in the final this evening, but that hasn't stopped speculation over his future. Real Madrid are believed to be willing to sell up in order to fund their move for James Rodriguez from Monaco.
That had opened the door for Manchester United to swoop, and according to the Sunday Times they lodged a club-record £47.7 million bid for the 26-year-old. However the paper add that the player would prefer a move to Paris Saint-Germain because of the financial rewards on offer and the fact they can offer Champions League football.
It comes not long after Manchester United lost out in the race to sign Toni Kroos, who is destined to join Real Madrid after the World Cup. He is said to have already agreed personal terms with the Spanish giants.
The Red Devils are looking to refresh their squad this summer after recording a record-low finish in the Premier League last season under former boss David Moyes. He has now been replaced by Louis van Gaal, who is now free to take over at Old Trafford after the Netherlands' World Cup campaign came to a close last night with a 3-0 win over Brazil in the 3rd/4th play-off.
His priority seems to be adding more new faces to go along with Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, who have both signed on the dotted line in recent weeks. Arturo Vidal is said to be Manchester United's main target, while Mats Hummels and Arjen Robben have also been linked.