Angel di Maria has a clause in his Manchester United contract which will prevent him from joining Spanish giants Barcelona this summer.
As reported by the Mirror, citing Spanish source Mundo Deportivo, it has been claimed that Di Maria, who has been linked with a stunning move to the Catalans, will be unable to complete the transfer, as Real inserted the clause upon his British record switch to Old Trafford.
Di Maria, of course, endured a tricky debut campaign on English soil after failing to establish himself as a regular starter in Louis van Gaal's side, however the Argentine has recently insisted that he's ready to fight on in Manchester.
Unsurprisingly, though, that hasn't stopped rumours circulating regarding his long term future in the game, with Barcelona seemingly the latest club interested in his services.
As well as Barcelona, French moneybags PSG have been credited with interest in the Argentine midfielder, but it remains to be seen as to whether they step up their attempts to sign him anytime soon.
One thing's for sure, if these reports are to be believed, the struggling star won't be joining Real's greatest rivals in the near future. These recent reports, though, differ to The Sun's claim that Real inserted a clause worth £10 million if the player was to be sold to Barcelona from Old Trafford.
That, too, may well make any potential deal involving Di Maria and Barcelona unlikely at this stage, but stranger things have happened. It's certainly an interesting saga which may not go away until the close of the summer transfer window.
Huge season ahead
At the end of the day, it doesn't really matter what clause is in the player's contract if Manchester United are determined to keep him at Old Trafford for the upcoming campaign.
Ok, so last season was a difficult one for the player who promised so much upon his arrival, but that can all change for him in 2015/16. If he gets his head down and works hard, there's no reason why he won't be able to succeed under the guidance of Louis van Gaal.
Ultimately, it's crucial that he's handed a permanent position in the United team after failing to hold down one spot last term. Van Gaal will be well aware that he needs to find a balance to his Manchester United squad, and playing Di Maria week in, week out will only help the cause.
All is not lost for the Argentine just yet, and he may yet become the club's talisman as they go about making an impact on both the domestic and European scene.
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