Latest €60m Di Maria rumours should not scare Manchester United fans

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Barcelona are set to make a move for Real Madrid star Angel Di Maria. But why should Manchester United fans not fear?

Yesterday saw Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti confirm that Manchester United target Angel Di Maria had told the club that he wanted a summer exit. It came as he reportedly began to feel under-appreciated by the club as the likes of Toni Kroos, James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale came in and dwarfed his salary.

Real will also not be able to say no to a handsome offer. Their transfer extravagance means they need to fall in line or face a wrap regarding their FFP regulations.

Manchester United are the undoubted favourites to snap him up now. Paris Saint-Germain report that they will not be able to afford it, FFP again their nemesis.

But last night a fearsome and surprising rival seemed to appear, in the form of FC Barcelona.

It is reported that Luis Enrique, who himself switched Real for Barca in his career, wants the Argentine to join up with his international team-mate Lionel Messi at the Nou Camp.

It would be a sensational move, with reports of a €60 million bid being reported yesterday and into today - the suggestion being Barca's initial plan is to ruffle feathers at their rivals, with the hope of signing him also on the agenda.

But here is why Manchester United should not be too fussed about this recent rumour.

First of all, after a little hunting, it is clear that the report originally stems from Spanish football agent Francois Gallardo, who reported the apparent deal. That name will sound familiar, because Gallardo has a history of making comments such as this, which turn out to fall short of the mark. One Tweeter called him the 'clown of Spanish football' last night when the news broke.

It has since been picked up by Spanish paper Sport. But they have had a sketchy record this summer. They claimed Sami Khedira had signed for Arsenal and Marco Reus agreed to join Barcelona - neither proved true.

Then there was last summer. Mesut Ozil to Barcelona and Juan Mata to Barca - again, inaccurate.

Add to that the fact Real Madrid would never risk selling one of their players to bitter rivals Barcelona, and United fans can pretty much dismiss this recent rumour.

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