Angel Di Maria refuses Monaco talks

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Manchester United target Angel Di Maria has flat out refused to move to Monaco despite the Ligue 1 giants agreeing a fee with Real Madrid.

The Argentina international, a transfer target for Manchester United and Paris Saint Germain as well, has refused to meet with Monaco chiefs to discuss personal terms after Monaco and Real Madrid completed talks over a fee for the €60m-rated attacking midfielder.

A Bola carries reports from French newspaper Le Parisien that claim Di Maria has rejected Leonardo Jardim's club as he continues to hold out for a move to either PSG or United.

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PSG out of race

But, as has been reported in detail in recent days, PSG have now all but pulled out of the race for the Real Madrid star. With Financial Fair Play obligations to uphold, PSG would need to sell off a significant chunk of the value in their playing squad to afford the €60m price tag.

Although a number of players have been made available, they are yet to have any success and the club's president admitted earlier this month that a deal for Di Maria will not now happen.

That leaves United as the main contenders, and they're reportedly still very interested in the Argentina international. Louis Van Gaal still has a large portion of his transfer budget available to him even after spending more than £50m on Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw.

United's options

A midfielder remains one of his top priorities, along with a centre-back, and the United boss has been heavily linked with Arturo Vidal from Juventus as well as Di Maria.

He wouldn't be able to afford both, and looking at United's squad, Vidal would be the much more useful addition. Having said that, he may not be available at the right price and Di Maria, one of the best players in Europe last season, would improve the United squad tremendously.

His versatility would allow Van Gaal to revert back to his preferred 4-3-3 system, as Di Maria is best utilised out wide. At the moment, Van Gaal has admitted he's hamstrung by the squad he inherited and as a result, has to play 3-5-2.

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