Real Madrid attacker Angel di Maria reportedly frustrated at lack of progress over Paris Saint-Germain deal, paving way for United interest to resurface.
The future of Angel di Maria, a coveted Real Madrid attacker seemingly on the transfer market, has returned to an ambiguous state after the player was reportedly on the cusp of a transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.
According to MARCA, via French radio station RMC, the Argentine - who starred throughout the recent World Cup tournament in Brazil - has effectively issued an ultimatum to the upper brass at Parc des Princes demanding that club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi swiftly conclude the transfer or he'll walk away from the negotiating table.
MARCA write that a deal was supposedly agreed "in principle" but that even though he is currently on vacation, he wants clarity over his future - something PSG and Al-Khelaifi are currently not giving him.
For the Ligue 1 powerhouse it is a case of selling off some of their fringe first-team assets so that they can afford di Maria without contravening FIFA Financial Fair Play ruling. PSG, after all, only recently over-spent on David Luiz, formerly of Chelsea.
Any delay in di Maria's supposed move to Paris spells good news for Manchester United, who could - in true opportunistic fashion - swoop in to offer handsome terms to the player with a promise that the transfer could be concluded imminently.
After signing two players fairly quickly in the summer window - Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw - Old Trafford activity has suddenly cooled, particularly as there is no certainty that Arturo Vidal will leave Juventus.
By recruiting di Maria, manager Louis van Gaal would enamour himself even further to a fanbase losing confidence in the post-David Moyes era.
Thus far, United have not been able to offer the player the £6.3 million per year salary that the forward demands. He would also cost the club £48 million in a transfer fee.