Barcelona have made a sensational offer to bitter rivals Real Madrid for want-away winger Angel di Maria this morning, according to the Daily Star.
It was revealed yesterday by manager Carlo Ancelotti that the Argentine has asked to leave the Bernabeu, following the mega-money moves for Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez, which led to the audacious bid to lure him to Barcelona.
However, the reports say the Real president Florentino Perez refused to even negotiate the possible transfer with their La Liga rivals.
With the news that Paris Saint-Germain have ruled themselves out of the race for the Argentines signature, it appeared that Manchester United was the only club willing and able to meet the valuation and wage demands for the winger.
With a whole host of big names rejecting the chance to move to Old Trafford this window, Di Maria may be the next in line to be reluctant to join a team with no guarantees of Champions League football in the coming months.
A move to Barcelona may be more tempting for the winger, although I don't think he would be welcome back in Madrid at any time in the near future, and Perez will be incredibly reluctant to let him go
Flurry of signings
With Barcelona bracing themselves for their transfer ban which was upheld, the Catalan club have 10 days to finalise any transfers they wish to do before the ban takes hold.
Subject to an appeal to the CAS, Barcelona will be banned from any transfer activity for the next two transfer windows, which could lead to a flurry of mega money moves in the coming days, as clubs may bump up their prices when Barca come knocking.
If having to directly choose between a move 400m north to Barcelona, or to Old Trafford, I would have good money on him choosing the former.
Despite United's terrible luck in the transfer window, a move to their fierce rivals will unlikely be sanctioned by Madrid.