Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Angel Di Maria has requested to leave Real Madrid in this window and has rejected a contract extension.
Di Maria has been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu all summer with both Manchester United and PSG battling to agree a deal with the European champions.
One club interested
PSG confirmed they were dropping out of the race due to financial restrictions, leaving Manchester United with a clear run for the Argentinian. However, the sheer scale of the transfer means no agreement has yet been found.
Real Madrid boss Ancelotti has now confirmed that Di Maria has done his best to make sure he secures a transfer in this window, admitting the Argentinian has requested to leave the club.
He told reporters: “Di María asked to go in the summer and has rejected an offer from the club.
“The player has to look for a solution. If when the market closes he’s still here, he will work with us like last season and there will be no problem.”
It is exciting news for Manchester United as they appear to be the only club still chasing the 26-year-old. Louis van Gaal has ordered a world-class addition before the window closes and Ed Woodward has been busy putting together a huge financial package to make the deal happen.
Reports early this week suggested that Manchester United would be willing to place up to £100 million into the deal. £50 million in a transfer fee and a further £50 million in a long-term contract for Di Maria.
Having lost their opening game to Swansea, Manchester United want to appease disgruntled fans, who are fearful of a repeat of last season.
Ancelotti went on to state that reports that he is at odds with Real Madrid with regards to Di Maria are wide of the mark. There have been suggestions that Di Maria's availability has come purely from Florentino Perez as Ancelotti is desperate to keep him in his side.
However, this is not the case.
Ancelotti continued: “He’s a Real Madrid player and until 31 August, as I’ve already said, anything can happen.
“I’m surprised to read that there seems to be some disagreement [about Di Maria] between the club and me. There’s no disagreement and we both think the same.”