Manchester United stand to lose out unless they match the aggressive bidding of Paris Saint-Germain when it comes to the anticipated sale of Real Madrid attacker Angel di Maria, who is currently on World Cup duty with Argentina.
di Maria, 26, has been in commendable form for the South Americans throughout the Brazil tournament, with 47 crosses already notched from five appearances, 11 goal-scoring opportunities created, 24 shots and one goal.
However, he may well be surplus to requirements at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu as Real look to make way for the prospective marquee arrivals of James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos.
There are many clubs whose interest in the player has been piqued by his apparent availability with Arsenal, United, AS Monaco and Juventus all inked in the past week alone.
All must act fast if they are to make that interest official as Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly tested Real with a €60 million (£48 million) offer.
Thus far, MARCA state that di Maria has been "non committal" over his future but will most likely be ready to engage in dialogue with Real and potential suitors once his responsibilities at the World Cup have been concluded this weekend.
Considering United's acquisitions of Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, di Maria may be seen as a luxury buy yet the player is so adept from wide positions that he offers something the Old Trafford outfit currently lack… he therefore is not only luxury, but essential.