Carlo Ancelotti has finally accepted that Real Madrid will have to sell Angel Di Maria in order to balance the books and won't complain if the Argentinian moves on this summer, reports El Confidencial.
The Spanish broadsheet, which enjoys close ties with the Bernabeu club, believes Real Madrid are selling Di Maria in order to keep their finances in order after the big money move for James Rodriguez. The World Cup Golden Boot winner cost the European champions an estimated £63 million, leaving them on the verge with regards to Uefa's Financial Fair Play regulations.
Having flourished in a pivotal role for Real Madrid last season, Ancelotti loathed the idea of losing Di Maria this summer. The Italian had plans to keep the attacking midfielder but it appears Florentino Perez had other ideas.
Having failed to convince Perez to keep Di Maria, Ancelotti has been forced to accept that he, most probably, will not be able to call upon the talented Argentinian next season.
Manchester United bound?
The question now turns to whether Real Madrid will be able to find a buyer for their outcast star. PSG have already pulled the plug due to FFP restrictions, leaving Manchester United as the only reasonable destination.
Louis van Gaal still has plenty of money left for transfers despite spending around £60 million on Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera. The Dutchman is still searching for a marquee signing and Di Maria would fill such a gap.
Manchester United were rumoured to be preparing a £55 million bid after being given the green light by PSG. Van Gaal even dropped a big hint that Di Maria was on his radar.
"At this moment, we have five number nines and four number 10s – and we don't have wingers to give us attacking width," he told reporters.
"Or, I should say, we don't have wingers of the highest level, like Ronaldo or Di Maria or somebody like that.
"So, I have to play in another way – and you have seen that already. I only buy when I think we need to buy – in the position that is necessary."
More Bernabeu exits
But Di Maria is not the only player being shoved out of the door in the Spanish capital. Alvaro Arbeloa is also on Perez's hit list and Real Madrid are ready to listen to offers.
That is good news for Arsenal, who are desperately hunting for a viable replacement to Thomas Vermaelen, who joined Barcelona over the weekend. Arbeloa was linked with a move to the Gunners at the beginning of August and, now Vermaelen's departure has been confirmed, Arsene Wenger could step up him interest.
At 31-years-old, Arbeloa would come to Arsenal with a wealth of experience but Wenger will be concerned that the Spanish international struggled with the pace of the Premier League during his time with Liverpool.
Last minute deals
A deal for Di Maria and Arbeloa could be held up until the final few days of the transfer window; much the same as Mesut Ozil's move to Arsenal was delayed until early September last year. There is a growing trend for big deals to happen late on as clubs try to prevent their own deals sparking a flurry of activity amongst their rivals.
However, Wenger will undoubtedly try to chase defenders with a better track record in the Premier League before moving for Arbeloa while Van Gaal seems intent on giving every Manchester United player a chance before making another big purchase.
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