Real Madrid appear to have decided Angel di Maria is surplus to requirements this season but, according to Diego Simeone, the club would be letting go of their best player if the Argentina international does depart the Santiago Bernabeu.
Di Maria likely to leave
Di Maria was arguably Real Madrid’s top performer for the second half of last term, while he earned the man-of-the-match award as Los Blancos clinched the coveted Decima - a 10th victory in the European Cup.
But the arrival of James Rodriguez from Monaco has pushed Di Maria down Carlo Ancelotti’s selection order, while the addition of Toni Kroos on top of this means Real Madrid need to consider balancing their books to fall in line with FFP.
Di Maria would appear to be the marquee player that Florentino Perez is most likely to sacrifice before the transfer deadline, with both Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United credited with respective efforts to recruit the 26-year-old.
The winger was able to prove his potential worth to his suitors in a brief cameo against Atletico Madrid in Tuesday evening’s Supercopa first leg - a performance Simeone claims once again outlined Di Maria as the best player available to Ancelotti.
"The game changed with Di Maria," the Atletico manager said, as reported by Goal.com.
"It's logical - he's the best player they have."
Simeone added: "He's the player most likely to create openings in the opposition half."
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As far as Di Maria’s next destination is concerned, the Parc des Princes seems the most likely. PSG are reported to have agreed a season-long loan deal for the player, with a view to a permanent €65 million transfer next summer.
However, the finalisation of this is being held up until the Ligue 1 champions can shift a player - most likely to be Ezequiel Lavezzi - with the club under pressure to make room on their wage bill before Di Maria can arrive.
It will be interesting to see what impact this development will have on Manchester United. The club, it has been claimed, are prepared to commit club record sum to ensure Di Maria moves to Old Trafford before the ever nearing deadline.
Manchester United, so far, endured a testing transfer window, with 40 days having passed since a signing was last completed. Marcos Rojo is set to end this barren spell, although he is not the elite arrival fans would be hoping for.
Di Maria would be an acquisition to placate the supporters, although it is questionable whether or not he is really the player the club do indeed require, with defence still the main priority for Louis van Gaal.