Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are both keen on signing Angel di Maria from Real Madrid and the player wants to move too - but neither of his suitors will pay the €70 million fee that his current employers are demanding.
Di Maria is currently away with Argentina ahead of their World Cup final showdown with Germany tomorrow - but that hasn't stopped speculation over his future.
Both Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are both said to be keen on landing the 26-year-old, who is said to have told Real Madrid he wants to leave the club with a host of new arrivals believed to be on their way to the Bernabeu that could limit his game time next season.
According to respected Spanish journalist Guillem Balague, both Manchester United and PSG are willing to offer him a way out of the Bernabeu, and will pay "big bucks" for him - but won't pay the €70 million that Real Madrid are hoping to recoup.
It's claimed that Los Blancos are gearing up to swoop for Colombia's World Cup star James Rodriguez which could cost them up to €80 million, and will look to cover most of the cost by selling Di Maria.
That plan looks doomed if Balague's claims are to be believed, however a deal could still be thrashed out if Madrid are willing to lower their asking price slightly.
Manchester United are expected to spend big this summer in attempt to kickstart the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era in earnest with Louis van Gaal at the helm. He's said to have up to £200 million to spend and has targeted the likes of Arturo Vidal and Mats Hummels - so any reservation he may have about spending that sort of cash on Di Maria is understandable.
The Dutchman will take over at Old Trafford after leading out his Dutch side at the World Cup for the last time, in their 3rd/4th place play-off against Brazil later today.
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