Manchester United are preparing an audacious bid in signing Real Madrid star Angel Di Maria before the transfer window shuts.
According to the Daily Mail, the Premier League giants are ready to splash around £100m in bringing the Argentine international to Old Trafford. £50m of the fee will be given to the Champions League winners, while the remaining half would be spent on his wages for the next five years.
United manager Louis van Gaal has already admitted that he needs new players this summer. The Dutchman has set his sights on Di Maria and is desperate to land him before the deadline day.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager has informed United chief executive Ed Woodward to do everything possible in signing the talented winger. Paris Saint-Germain were also interested in signing Di Maria, but the Ligue 1 champions have now withdrawn their interest in the player.
The 26-year-old is believed to be keen on joining Van Gaal at Old Trafford after PSG ended their interest. With performance-based incentives, the 20-time English champions are planning to pay wages rising to £200,000-a-week.
Real manager Carlo Ancelotti saw his side register victory over Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup last Tuesday. The former Chelsea boss did not include Di Maria and Germany's World Cup winning midfielder Sami Khedira in the squad.
The Italian says he dropped the two as they were not fit enough to play and also ruled out a move away from the Spanish capital club for Di Maria and Khedira. The Germany international is attracting interest from Arsenal and Chelsea.
"Nothing has changed. They're Real Madrid players," Goal.com quoted Ancelotti as saying.
"I just chose other players for the European Super Cup. Only [Khedira's Germany colleague Toni] Kroos played from among those who arrived back on August 5."
With Ancelotti's latest comments, United could possibly lose grip on yet another transfer target in the ongoing summer transfer window. So far, the Red Devils have signed Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw. They need to bring in a defender and midfielder before the transfer window shuts on 1 September.