Manchester United a fighting to salvage a deal for Angel di Maria after Real Madrid raised their asking price to a staggering £75 million, reports The Daily Mail.
The Argentina international appeared to be on the verge of completing a £56 million move to Old Trafford on Saturday night after Manchester United made a breakthrough in negotiations. However, with just days left in the transfer window, Real Madrid have raised the asking price, leaving Old Trafford officials stunned.
Louis van Gaal has been trying to broker a deal for Di Maria ever since it became apparent he was available. Real Madrid was to sell to make up for the £63 million they paid for James Rodriguez.
Manchester United are equally desperate for a marquee signing and with the window set to close in just eight days, Real Madrid are trying to take advantage by demanding £75 million.
Deal in doubt?
According to the same publication, the deal is far from dead, but Manchester United vice-chairman Ed Woodward is fighting to get the price back down before the end of the window. As Manchester United are the only club interested in Di Maria, Real Madrid may have no choice but to accept the original £56 million offer eventually.
What appears more likely, however, is that the two clubs will meet at a halfway house. The Sunday Mirror are already reporting the fee to be nearer the £60 million mark.
Whatever the fee, Real Madrid are set to make a massive profit on the £20 million they paid Benfica to sign Di Maria and will also free up significant wages at the Bernabeu.
Di Maria is expected to earn around £200,000-a-week if and when he signs for Manchester United and will wear the No.7 shirt, according to reports.