Manchester United could yet lose out on the signing of Real Madrid winger Angel di Maria to local rivals Manchester City, who have asked the Argentina international to delay his decision on which club he will join before the summer transfer window closes on September 1.
This is according to the Sunday Times, who cite a well-placed source as claiming City are in the process of solving potential Financial Fair Play (FFP) implications that would occur from completing a club-record deal.
City must sell before they can buy
City accepted a conditional £49 million fine from UEFA in May - and have been warned that further punishments will be handed out if they continue to breach European football’s governing body’s strict FFP rules.
Subsequently, City are seeking to raise a reported £50 million from player sales over the next eight days.
City could sell Alvaro Negredo
The same report adds that Spanish striker Alvaro Negredo, who is currently sidelined with a foot injury, could be the highest-profile Manchester City star to leave the Etihad Stadium.
La Liga outfit Valencia are believed to be extremely keen to secure a deal for the 29-year-old, who scored 23 goals in 48 appearances in his debut campaign with the reigning Premier League champions last term, and a transfer could be completed within the next week.
United still favourites to sign Di Maria
Di Maria appears certain to leave the Bernabeu after asking to leave Real Madrid, with Manchester United reportedly on the brink of signing the world-class winger.
However, a deal is far from done yet, and City still have time to convince Di Maria to snub the Champions League-less Red Devils in favour of a lucrative move to Eastlands.