Manchester United are still interested in Angel di Maria but are not confident regarding their chances of signing the Real Madrid playmaker.
This is according to the latest reports from The Independent, which further suggest that Manchester United - who have only signed Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw so far this summer - believe that French giants Paris Saint-Germain remain in pole position to complete a deal for £50 million-rated Di Maria.
Argentine international Di Maria has certainly had an eventful summer to date. After guiding Real to a thrilling Champions League victory over rivals Atletico in Lisbon back in May, the 26-year-old was part of his country's 23-man squad that made it all the way to the final at the World Cup in Brazil.
A wretched thigh injury sustained in the last-eight win over Belgium sadly led to Di Maria missing out on the semis and the final itself, but the former Benfica man has still found himself a regular on the back pages in recent weeks as his future in La Liga has grown increasingly uncertain.
Despite playing such a crucial role under Carlo Ancelotti last year, the incredibly wacky and unpredictable nature of Real Madrid's transfer policy had led him to him becoming almost surplus to requirements at the club with fellow South American James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos having arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu from Monaco and Bayern Munich respectively.
Ancelotti - ever the wise and humble statesman - has been keen to avoid speculating on Di Maria's potential exit, although Cristiano Ronaldo's apparent eagerness to see his friend remain in the Spanish capital could certainly add an intriguing element to one of this transfer window's more tedious sagas.
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PSG still in hunt?
Manchester United's view that they may still be lagging behind PSG in the race for Di Maria is particularly curious when you consider recent comments made by club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi during the unveiling of former Chelsea defender David Luiz in Paris.
"We spoke with Real Madrid about [the possibility of signing] Angel Di Maria, but he was too expensive," he said, in what appeared to be a clear signal that the Ligue 1 champions were not intent on pursuing the player any longer.
In light of those quotes, it would seem that Real Madrid would have to reduce Di Maria's asking price rather significantly if they were to tempt PSG back to the negotiating table.
For Manchester United, it is certainly worth noting that executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward - the man who, along with David Moyes, received a barrage of criticism following the club's failure to land most of their first-choice targets last summer - was reportedly present in Cardiff last night for Real Madrid's UEFA Super Cup victory over domestic rivals Sevilla.
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