Manchester United have reportedly won the race to sign Real Madrid star Angel Di Maria after agreeing personal terms in principle with the Argentinian.
Goal.com claims that the winger has already accepted the Red Devils' offer as he is keen to work under incoming manager Louis van Gaal. The 26-year-old was believed to be keen on leaving the reigning European champions in the ongoing transfer window with fellow Premier League rivals Arsenal also showing interest.
Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco along with Serie A champions Juventus were also believed to be among the interested parties. Earlier this month, Spanish newspaper Marca claimed that Laurent Blanc's side have already tabled a €60m bid (£48m) to acquire the Argentinian international's services.
However, United appear to have stolen the march on all their competitors and are now hoping to agree a fee with the Spanish capital outfit when talks resume in the coming days.
Goal.com's report claims the 20-time English champions are hoping to secure the Argentinian international's services for £30m. But Madrid are unwilling to allow the player for anything less than their £45m valuation.
Last month, Carlo Ancelotti had expressed his desire to retain the winger on his roster for the upcoming campaign. However, there were doubts over his place in the starting lineup as they were reportedly edging closer to sign Colombian star James Rodriguez from Monaco.
Van Gaal, who will be relieved from his duties as Netherlands manager after the third-place match against Brazil, is said to be an admirer of Di Maria's talents.
On being questioned about his future, the winger stated: "I've asked my agent not to tell me anything about the talks he's having. I don't know what's going to happen with my career."
"I don't want to know anything about my future right now. I'm focusing on my national team and not on what's going on elsewhere."
Currently on World Cup duty, former Benfica player is nursing a thigh injury suffered during the quarterfinal clash against Belgium.
After initial fears that Di Maria will miss all the subsequent matches, his agent Eugenio Lopez has revealed that the 26-year-old is facing a race against time to be fit for Sunday's final against Germany.
"Angel is at a stage of recovery and there cannot be a time frame put on it. He was subjected to treatment with stem cells to accelerate recovery," Lopez explained.
"Angel wants to play, no matter what, and he will make every effort to get there. Whether Angel will play will depend on the decision taken by [coach Alejandro] Sabella."