Manchester United and Arsenal will have to launch a bid exceeding £25m if they want to sign Real Madrid star Angel Di Maria during this transfer window, reports in Spain claim.
Real Madrid had stressed that they wanted to keep the Argentinian in the squad but that stance may have changed after the winger confronted his own fans during Real Madrid's recent win over Celta.
Although Di Maria's release clause is £41m, Spanish TV Show Tiki-Taka report that Los Blancos are now keen to sell his star if any club pay more than £25m for his services.
The report adds that Real Madrid have not received any offers for the winger yet but United and Arsenal have been linked with a move since the summer transfer window.
Furthermore, Real Madrid have opened an investigation into Di Maria´s offensive gesture, where he grabbed his crotch in the direction of the Real Madrid supporters after being booed by them.
According to Spanish media outlets Di Maria's reaction could signal an end to his time at Real Madrid. The Argentinian is not happy at the Santiago Bernabeu and now it would appear both the club and the fans would be happy to see him leave the squad.
However, they want to recoup the £25m they paid to Benfica in the summer of 2010 and reports suggest that Monaco are leading the race over the Premier League giants.
With Antonio Valencia, Nani and Ashley Young far from their best this season, United boss David Moyes reportedly wants Di Maria to partner Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie in attack.
Arsenal have recently lost Theo Walcott for the rest of the season through injury and the Real Madrid star could be his perfect replacement.
Di Maria's role in the Real Madrid starting line-up has diminished this season following Gareth's Bale's rapidly improving form and the emergence of young forward Jese. The Argentinian is unhappy with this situation and is set to move abroad to get more playing time before next summer's World Cup.