Manchester United are in the box seat to sign Angel Di Maria after Paris Saint-Germain pulled out of the race.
PSG have withdrawn from the bidding for Di Maria because they cannot fit the Real Madrid star under their Financial Fair Play spending cap.
The French champions have already blown their £50million limit on buying defender David Luiz from Chelsea and president Nasser Al-Khelaifi admits the Di Maria deal is “too expensive”.
However, the Old Trafford giants must still agree a fee with Real – they are demanding £48m for the Argentina World Cup winger – and also convince Di Maria to join them, as his preferred choice was PSG.
Elsewhere, the Reds’ £15m move for Di Maria’s compatriot, defender Marcos Rojo, has been complicated by a legal row between his club Sporting Lisbon and third-party owners Doyen Sports.