Manchester United may have been handed a surprise boost in the race to land Angel di Maria, with reports in Spain claiming that he isn't keen on a move to Paris Saint-Germain and would like to head to the Premier League instead.
Di Maria has reportedly been made available for transfer this summer by Real Madrid, who are looking to seal a big-money deal for Colombian World Cup star James Rodriguez. The 26-year-old is believed to be actively seeking a way out of the Bernabeu with his place in the team under threat - although boss Carlo Ancelotti would like to keep him.
His availability had reportedly alerted both Paris Saint-German and Manchester United, with both sides eyeing up sizeable bids.
However it seemed as though Manchester United had missed out on their man, with the Sunday Times reporting yesterday that Di Maria would prefer a move to PSG because of the sizeable contract on offer alongside the chance to play Champions League football.
Manchester United boost
Today though reports in Spain contradict that claim, with AS saying that the Argentinian, who wasn't fit to feature in his country's World Cup defeat against Germany last evening, would actually prefer to ply his trade in England so has turned down an approach from PSG.
The news will be welcomed indeed by new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal, who is seeking to overhaul his new squad in an attempt to move on from a disastrous campaign last time round.
Under former boss David Moyes the Red Devils finished a lowly seventh, and Van Gaal has reportedly been handed up to £200 million to ensure that doesn't happen again.
The Dutchman, now free to take up the reins at Manchester United after guiding his country to third place at the World Cup, has already overseen the arrivals of Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera - and plenty more should follow suit.
Arturo Vidal is believed to be the main object of his affections, and a deal worth around £32 million is reportedly close to being done.
Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels could also follow suit, while it now appears they are back in the race for Di Maria, who will likely make a decision over his future soon.
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