Manchester United are ready to offload their midfielder Marouane Fellaini to raise funds to sign Real Madrid star Angel Di Maria, reports the Express.
The Belgium international was signed by United's former manager David Moyes from Everton for £27.5m on the final day of last summer's transfer window. Since his switch to Old Trafford, Fellaini has struggled to replicate his Toffees form for the Red Devils.
Incoming United manager Louis van Gaal is willing to let Fellaini leave the club in the summer transfer window as Italian side Fiorentina are interested in his services.
Fellaini has already admitted that his future at United remains uncertain. The Red Devils are willing to part ways with their midfielder for £15m and the Serie A outfit have expressed their interest.
United have long been interested in signing Di Maria but the winger is also on the radar of Arsenal, their league rivals.
The Argentine international's services are no longer required at the Santiago Bernabeu and he is likely to become even more peripheral if, as expected, Real sign Colombian World Cup star James Rodriguez - whose father has suggested he wants to play for the 10-time European champions.
United value Di Maria around £40m, but the La Liga giants are not willing to let their winger leave for anything less than £55m, as they look to raise funds to bring Rodriguez to Madrid.
Di Maria is currently with his national side at the World Cup, where Argentina have reached the last four. They now face the Netherlands in the semi-finals and the winger has been ruled out due to injury.
Real's Champions League winning star has admitted his future with his current employers is uncertain.
"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," Di Maria said.
The Express believes a fee of £48m from United would see Real allow Di Maria make a switch to Old Trafford. However, the Red Devils will be hoping that Fellaini's departure from the club this summer and the sale of the midfielder will help them complete the deal.