Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly willing to pay Angel Di Maria a huge €8m (£6.4m) a year after tax in a bid to blow Manchester United out of the water.
United were thought to be in pole position to sign the Real Madrid winger after PSG president Nasser al-Khelaïfi seemingly ruled out a move for the Argentine, claiming he was too expensive.
"We discussed Angel Di Maria with Real Madrid. He was very expensive and we have stopped discussions," al-Khelaïfi said.
The decision to pull out of a move left United front runners for Di Maria's signature, with the Old Trafford club reportedly agreeing to pay him £120,000-a-week to lure him from the Bernabeu.
But the race to secure the coveted World Cup runner-up appears to be back on after it was revealed by Spanish journalist and Sky Sports pundit Guillem Balague that PSG were willing to pay the 26-year-old the enormous net sum.
He added that the pursuit of the player was now a two-horse race between the Parisians and Premier League giants, but suggested Di Maria was satisfied with the bumper salary being offered by the French club.
PSG had baulked at the €60m (£47.7m) asking price, having already spent €49.5m (£39m) on Chelsea and Brazil defender David Luiz.
Last year's French champions wanted to take Di Maria on loan for one season with the option to then buy him once that expired.
But the deal stalled, opening the door for long-term admirer Louis van Gaal to countenance a move for the forward.
The Dutchman has turned United from a tradtional 4-4-2 side into one that will play 3-5-2, or a variation of the formation, using wing-backs.
And although United's priortity has been to add defenders to their squad, Di Maria's reported availability was viewed at Old Trafford as an opportunity too good to miss.