Manchester United have been handed a massive boost in their pursuit of signing Real Madrid star Angel Di Maria as he has set his sights on making a switch to Old Trafford, according to reports.

The Argentine international's future at the Spanish capital remains uncertain as he has been constantly linked with a move away from Santiago Bernabeu throughout the summer.

Apart from United, Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain are also in the frame for his signature.

The Express claims the Argentine international is keen on joining Louis van Gaal's side ahead of PSG.

However, the French outfit's president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has publicly admitted they cannot afford to sign Di Maria and have now ended their interest in the talented winger.

After winning the Champions League last season, Real have invested heavily in this summer transfer window as Carlo Ancelotti's side have added two World Cup star players to their squad – Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez.

With the arrival of the Colombian international, Di Maria's chances of getting regular playing time is likely to be restricted.

The former Benfica winger is not willing to spend time on the substitute's bench and is now looking to leave his current employers.

Di Maria is aware of the growing interest from United and is now willing to join the Red Devils, despite the lack of European football at Old Trafford.

The 20-time English champions finished seventh in the league table, which saw them miss out of the Champions League.

Real are willing to allow their player to join the Premier League giants if they are willing to pay £50m for his services. United are ready to match the Spanish side's asking price in order to bring him to Old Trafford.

Van Gaal had earlier admitted that United lack a player of Di Maria's calibre and could make an approach for the winger before the transfer window shuts on 1 September.

"It is a strategy of Manchester United to do that. At this moment, we have five No nines and four No 10s – and we don't have any wingers to give us attacking width," Van Gaal said.

"Or, I should say, we don't have wingers of the highest level, like Ronaldo or Di Maria or somebody like that. So, I have to play another way – and you have seen that already. I only buy when I think we need to buy – the position that is necessary."