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Angel di Maria asks to leave Real Madrid

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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that Manchester United target Angel di Maia has asked to leave the Bernabeu.

The Argentine's future at the club has been under scrutiny following the summer recruits of James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos, with the Spanish side needing to balance the books and seemingly overloaded with midfielders.

He's been heavily linked with a move away in recent weeks, with United leading the race for his signature.

"Di Maria asked to leave and he refused a new contract offer but he's a Real Madrid player until we find a solution," said the Italian boss.

"The player has to look for a solution. If when the transfer window closes he's still here, he'll work with us like last season and there will be no problem" he added.

Good season

Di Maria topped the assists charts in La Liga last season with 17, but with the Argentine's playing time next season set to be severely slashed, he seems to be preparing for the exit.

Paris Saint-Germain had initially ruled themselves out of the running for the winger, and after the £40 million plus move for David Luiz, would have to sell someone of similar value in order to make a bid.

They could however, loan him for a season with an option to buy the winger permanently next season, though this is something Madrid are reluctant to sanction.

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Bad luck

Since the departure of former boss Sir Alex Ferguson, United are yet to showcase their ability to attract the top players to the club.

Thomas Muller rejected what he described as a 'tempting' offer to join the Manchester side, as transfer windows have become something of a frustrating time for the clubs fans.

With a deal the size of this one, any optimism should be exercised with caution, as is the nature of transfer negotiations at Old Trafford.

Verdict

Knowing how United operate in the transfer window, I can't see Di Maria joining, particularly without the appeal of Champions League football this season, or the likelihood of it any time soon.

Given the extremely strong speculation, he is odds on to sign for United. However, I feel PSG can organise some sort of clause in the loan that a permanent transfer will follow next season, when funds allow.

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