Manchester United have been given a timely boost in their scrap with Paris Saint Germain for Real Madrid's £50 million Argentine, following comments from PSG coach Laurent Blanc, as reported by the Daily Mail.
The Argentine has been at the forefront of transfer speculation throughout the summer after Carlo Ancelotti made it clear that he would consider selling the player if the price was right.
Surplus to requirements
Following the acquisition of Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez, two of the standout players at the recent World Cup, it appears Di Maria has played his last game at the Santiago Bernabeu, with either PSG or Manchester United expected to be his next destination.
United and PSG interest
Louis Van Gaal is keen to bring the Argentine to Old Trafford however it is thought the player is more interested in a move to PSG due to the opportunity of Champions League football, something United can't offer the player, at least for this season.
PSG coach, Laurent Blanc, refused to be drawn into a discussion about the future of the player however did give United hope when he claimed: "nothing is done," referring to a deal with the Argentine.
Blanc went on to say: "I'll leave you to speculate. At the moment nothing is done.
Are there negotiations? It's not for me to say, but for the board of the club."
Recent reports suggested Di Maria was on his way to Paris on an initial loan deal for the first year following which PSG would pay Los Blancos the full £49 million fee, a deal set up to help the Paris club side step the Financial Fair Play rules.
PSG have already been fined £20 million for breaching the rules when they signed David Luiz for £50 million and it is thought that club president Nasser Al-Khelafi personally flew to Madrid to set the deal up.
This is what you get for £50 million
It beggars belief that Madrid have wanted to sell the Argentine who has been with the club since 2010 after coming off his best season yet at the Bernabeu.
Would the big three, Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema have scored 97 goals for the club last season if Di Maria hadn't showed the sort of form that he did?