Manchester United are in pole position to make a €60m move for Real Madrid star Angel di Maria due thanks to problems concerning their main rivals for his signature Paris Saint-Germain, who are struggling to find buyers for their top stars in order to fund a summer swoop for the midfield maestro and stay within Financial Fair Play regulations.
PSG want Di Maria to help spearhead their Champions League charge next season but have already shelled out a staggering £50m for David Luiz this summer, which means they must offload some high-profile stars to pursue the Argentine international and avoid the prospect of heavy sanctions from UEFA over the next 12 months.
Marca have rightly pointed out this morning that PSG cannot exceed a net transfer spend of £50m under sanctions imposed by UEFA on the club at the end of last season, which means United have the chance to swoop for Di Maria before the French giants can get their act together and flog a high-profile player.
Madrid seeking clarity
Di Maria's future can now finally be resolved this week now that his World Cup commitments are over, although it may take the wounds from a final defeat where the Madrid maestro was forced to miss out through injury some time to heal.
The 26-year-old is believed to have his heart set on a move away from Madrid despite being their star man for much of the second half of last season, openly courting the chance to get top billing at another top European club.
United and PSG are the only clubs with the financial muscle to meet Madrid's lofty valuation of the versatile attacking midfielder, but talks have been tentative thus far and it looks like PSG may have to revise their plans to land another major summer signing thanks to FFP.
Who will PSG sell?
Unfortunately for PSG's pursuit of Di Maria the numbers just don't add up, but Marca believe that they are unwilling to let any of Lucas Moura, Marco Verratti, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani, Marquinhos or Thiago Silva leave to bankroll a deal for Madrid's most consistent performer in recent times.
That means while the likes of Javier Pastore and Ezequiel Lavezzi wait for summer offers United are free to make the first formal offer for Di Maria, with the lure of a star role and working with Louis van Gaal hopefully enough to offset concerns over a lack of Champions League football at Old Trafford next season.
United are planning to step up their efforts to sign Di Maria later this week, but Madrid's €60m asking price is non-negotiable and must be met before what promises to be one of the summer's most pivotal transfer tussles can move any closer to completion.