Di Maria, 26, joined Real Madrid in 2010 having played a starring role for Benfica, and has gone on to become one of the key - if unheralded - players at the Bernabeu, making almost 200 appearances for the club. A hard working player who has given his all for Real every week, Di Maria has been treated poorly by the club since Carlo Ancelotti's arrival as manager in a year ago.
The self-proclaimed Galacticos paid £86m to sign another winger in Gareth Bale last summer, and this time they've forked out around £63m to sign Colombian World Cup star James Rodriguez from Monaco. Whilst Di Maria reinvented himself as an attacking midfielder last season, his place will now be taken by Rodriguez - leading to Di Maria telling the club that he wants to leave.
French moneybags Paris Saint-Germain had long looked like the favourites to land the Argentine's signature, but after they revealed that Madrid's demands were too excessive, Manchester United took pole position in the race to land Di Maria, with new Red Devils manager Louis van Gaal desperate to add world-class talent to his United side.
Now, reports in Spain suggest that Di Maria has told his international team mate Marcos Rojo - who signed for United this week - that he wants to join him at Old Trafford.
Translation: Anton Meana notes that Di Maria wants to play for Manchester United. He has already been in contact with new #United player Rojo.
Di Maria and Rojo will be very familiar with each other given that they link up down the left hand side of the Argentina side, and the news will be a big boost to United's hopes of landing the star winger. If Rojo can suitably sell a £40m move to Old Trafford to Di Maria, then United fans could finally be given the marquee signing they are crying out for.
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