Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti fully expects Angel Di Maria to return to the club after his summer break despite mounting speculation suggesting he will leave for either Paris Saint Germain or Manchester United.
Despite Ancelotti's desperation to retain the services of the Argentine international, the arrivals of Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez at the Bernabeu are all but certain to pave the way for his departure.
According to AS, Paris Saint Germain are ready to raise their offer for Di Maria to €75m (£59m) and are willing to offload either Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi in order to appease Uefa's Financial Fair Play regulations.
However, beIN Sports has suggested it is United who are on the verge on agreeing a deal for the 26-year-old, who is reportedly very keen to work under Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford, despite offers from the French capital.
But amid uncertainty surrounding the midfielder's future, Real manager Ancelotti has played down talk of an imminent departure and fully expects Di Maria to be present when his side return to Madrid following their tour of the US.
"I don't have any news about Di Maria. I know the same about him as I do about the others. He has finished the World Cup and on 5 August he has to be at Valdebebas [the club's training facilities in Madrid]," Ancelotti was quoted as saying by AS.
Di Maria remains crucial to Ancelotti's system at the Bernabeu and his sublime performances for the club last season, highlighted by his integral role in the club's Champions League triumph, ensure the Italian coach is desperate to retain him.
But, as was the case last season following the arrival of Gareth Bale and Isco, the Real Madrid board consider the former Benfica star to be a dispensable figure, particularly given the staggering transfer fee he could fetch.
While their participation in next season's Champions League would appear to give PSG the advantage in the chase for Di Maria's signature, the Ligue 1 champions must find a way of striking a financial balance in order to comply with FFP regulations before pushing through a move for the player.
That opening could allow United to capitalise, with van Gaal reportedly an admirer of the versatile Argentine.