Manchester United have been warned they can't have their cake and eat it when it comes to collecting the world's top players, with pesky Paris Saint-Germain effectively ruling out the possibility of Angel di Maria and Marco Reus playing for the same team next season.
Reus is the subject of strong interest from United alongside a whole host of other top Premier League clubs, including Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool. PSG would also love to sign the German international and view the man with the famous €25 million release clause as a cost-effective alternative to Di Maria, a player they chased for most of last summer.
PSG will step aside and put United in the driving seat to sign Reus at the end of the season, but only if it means the Red Devils will make room for Borussia Dortmund's star man by allowing Di Maria to leave for Ligue 1.
Di Maria remains PSG's top target
The Express cite French reports in a confident new claim that Di Maria remains PSG's top summer transfer target, despite only completing a British record £59.7m move to Old Trafford a little over three months ago.
PSG believe they only missed out on Di Maria's signature to United because of UEFA's Financial Fair Play restrictions, and will return with a big offer if they can find a way to balance the books elsewhere to free up the funds for that bid.
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Reus viewed as the next best thing
Parc des Princes chiefs have decided they they'll continue to pursue a deal for Di Maria against all the odds, but if it doesn't come to fruition then Reus will do just fine as the new darling of the French capital instead.
That stance means United have a big decision to make, does Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal so badly that he'd consider doing the unthinkable and selling Di Maria next summer?
Almost certainly not is the most logical answer, but the prospect of signing Reus means that the pressure is definitely on Di Maria to justify his £280,000-a-week wages over the next six months to guarantee that position doesn't change.