Paris Saint-Germain have increased their offer to Real Madrid for wing wizard Angel di Maria to a blockbuster €75m, with Edinson Cavani, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Javier Pastore put up for sale to stop the Argentine star joining Manchester United instead.
Di Maria has been consistently linked with both PSG and United after a magnificent run of form for club and country over the last six months, with those displays not enough to dissuade Madrid from shelling out on Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez.
Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has refused to give up hope of convincing Di Maria that he should stay and fight for his place, but PSG's incredible offer has moved the goalposts and Spanish publication AS believes he now sees his long-term future in the French capital.
August 5th return
Ancelotti and Madrid are still expecting Di Maria to report for pre-season training at Valdebebas next Tuesday, but the 26-year-old seemingly has his heart set on a fresh challenge.
AS even go as far as to suggest the World Cup star has agreed a five-year contract with PSG worth a €8m-a-year in net return to the midfield maestro, who has been openly courted by United ever since Louis van Gaal took charge at the Theatre of Dreams.
Sell before they can buy
PSG's pursuit of another marquee summer signing has been complicated by sanctions from UEFA regarding Financial Fair Play, which limit the big-spending Ligue 1 holders to a net transfer spend of £49m before the window slams shut.
A £50m deal for Brazilian defender David Luiz means PSG must offload before they can complete any more moves, as shown by the agreement over a deal for Serge Aurier being on loan rather than permanent.
Cavani, Lavezzi and Pastore are top of the list of stars PSG are willing to consider selling in order to finance the Di Maria deal, but interest in the trio has been far slower than expected and means United still have an outside chance of gatecrashing the deal.
United up against it
Van Gaal is desperate to bolster his squad before the season begins, but Di Maria has reportedly made it very clear he would prefer to be part of PSG's bid to become a genuine Champions League contender rather than be part of rebuilding project in the Premier League.
PSG believe that they are very close to putting Di Maria their club-record signing and in the same bracket as Luis Suarez and James Rodriguez in terms of transfer fee, but the deal will have to wait until Di Maria returns from his holiday next week before being cleared up once and for all.
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