Manchester United's chances of finally landing Angel di Maria in a blockbuster £50m deal have been rocked by fresh reports that Real Madrid are back in talks with Paris Saint-Germain over the Argentina wing wizard.
Paris Saint-Germain publicly ruled themselves out of the race to sign Di Maria just last week, but the Express believe that was just a smokescreen and the mega-rich Ligue 1 giants are still hoping to offload high wage earners to make room for the Di Maria deal to be completed before the transfer window slams shut.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has reportedly held a fresh round of talks with PSG and are even open to allowing Di Maria to leave on loan, despite Los Blancos boss Carlo Ancelotti being desperate to keep a man who has been in scintillating form for both club and country over the last six months.
Man United have work to do to revive deal
Red Devils chief went into this week believing they were in pole position to land a new club-record signing with a proven track record of delivering at the highest level, but the goalposts have shifted.
Di Maria has a concrete offer on the table from PSG, who are acutely aware they will probably have to let either Ezequiel Lavezzi or Javier Pastore move on before adding another marquee signing to their star-studded squad.
All is not lost for United as they continue to take their sweet time on the transfer front this summer, but time is running out to persuade Di Maria that is long-term future lies in the Premier League.
Two weeks away from disaster
PSG's latest sit down with Perez definitely puts Man United on the backfoot in a transfer tussle they are desperate to win, with time running out fast to add quality to a Red Devils squad with still looks a little short on quality heading into the new campaign.
Untied spent close to £60m on Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera at the start of the transfer window, but have failed in their efforts to sign either a new midfielder or central defender ever since.
Arturo Vidal, Thomas Vermaelen and Juan Cuadrado are just three of the names United fans are probably sick of hearing, but if PSG get their way Di Maria may be the sorest talking point of all for Van Gaal and under-fire executive vice president Ed Woodward at the beginning of September.