Another twist in the Di Maria saga could play into United's hands

Real Madrid will not pay Di Maria a salary equal to their top stars' wages, which could be good news for Manchester United.

Reports in Spain suggest that Real Madrid are in discussions to offer Angel Di Maria a new contract, but the Argentine will not sign one unless he is offered a considerable pay-rise.

Marca say that Madrid have offered Di Maria a new deal to try and calm the speculation that surrounds his future, but it seems that it could backfire as they are struggling to come to an agreement.

Di Maria is demanding a contract similar to one that their major stars have received, but the Champions League winners from last season are not prepared to pay him around €9 million-a-year.

That in itself, is rather a snub to Di Maria, who feels he is not being valued highly enough by the club – who have continued to bring in high-profile stars this summer.

There is always a craving for the biggest names in football at the Bernabeu and the arrivals of James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos this summer have led to Di Maria losing his place in the first-team despite being one of their star performers last season.

His availability has alerted Manchester United who are keen to do a deal and Di Maria’s latest rejection may increase their chances further.

The 26-year-old would be a costly addition, with a price of £50 million expected to be required to make Madrid relinquish the midfielder, but he would add undoubted quality to the team.

His dynamism in the middle of the field would likely offer a lot at Old Trafford, as the Red Devils look to adapt to Louis van Gaal’s demanding 3-4-1-2 formation.

Indeed, many have questioned Madrid’s functionality without Di Maria in their team as, for all their attacking talents, his defensive qualities will be missed.

That is not to say, the former Benfica midfielder’s strength lies in defending, though. He is clearly an attacking player and his ability to link up and create would also be a welcome addition at United.

Marca have previously stated that Di Maria could complete a move away from Spain's capital next week and, with the news surfacing today of his latest rejection, his exit does appear to be edging ever closer.

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