Angel di Maria has been told by Real Madrid that he is free to travel to England to discuss terms with Manchester United, reports The Daily Star.
Louis van Gaal has stepped up his efforts to bring Di Maria to Old Trafford after gaping holes were exposed by Swansea in their opening Premier League tie. Manchester United officials have devised a £100 million package to bring Di Maria to the club and are confident of landing their man.
Travelling to England
Real Madrid are keen to offload the 26-year-old after spending £63 million bringing World Cup golden boot winner James Rodriguez to the Bernabeu. Di Maria is seen as surplus to requirements and Florentino Perez is hoping to balance to books by cashing in.
Los Blancos are so keen for the deal to go ahead that they have told Di Maria that he is free to travel to Manchester to discuss terms with the Premier League club. A £200,000-a-week contract is believed to be waiting for him.
£50 million asking price
Carlo Ancelotti is ready to accept that Di Maria will have to leave so long as Real Madrid can generate £50 million from his sale. Conveniently, that is the exact amount Manchester United are reportedly preparing.
Of course the structure of payments will be more complex and Manchester United are unlikely to hand over straight cash. However, the Red Devils will be aware of the looming transfer deadline, which lies just over two weeks away.
Marquee signing to appease the masses
Manchester United are under pressure to complete a big transfer deal between now and the end of the transfer window following a lacklustre summer of signings. Fans were promised big additions, but so far they have only seen Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera join the club.
The team looked disjointed and lacked quality in key areas against Swansea as chilling echoes of last season reverberated around Old Trafford. Another finish outside of the top four will not only impact Manchester United's finances, but will further damage their appeal to world-class stars.
They are confident Di Maria will accept their offer, but know that Champions League football must return to the club next season at the very latest.
An imminent deal for Marcos Rojo will help plug gaping holes in defence, but another centre-back will be required in Van Gaal wants to continue playing a 3-5-2 formation.