Angel Di Maria has been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain in recent months – is the recruitment of another winger a sign he could leave?
Louis van Gaal’s reputation as a no-nonsense manager could come to the fore at Manchester United this summer, should the Dutchman decide to cut his losses on Angel Di Maria.
The 27-year-old only arrived at Old Trafford from Real Madrid last summer but, after a season in which the Argentine has failed to justify the £59.7 million (per the BBC) United spent on the 2014 World Cup finalist, is his time already up?
That fee remains the fifth highest ever witnessed but with the Red Devils failing to deliver any silverware this term and currently clinging on to the fourth and final Champions League spot, change could be afoot.
Di Maria has disappointed for large spells of the campaign, contributing three goals and 10 assists from 23 league appearances to date.
His lowest point came in the FA Cup, where he was sent off in United's 2-1 home defeat to Arsenal, which ended the club's only realistic hope of winning a trophy this term.
And if United are keen to recoup as much of their initial outlay on the South American as possible, a summer move could well be in the offing.
The Mirror previously reported that big-spending Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain were keen on signing the winger in a deal that would see Manchester United receive the same fee they gave to Real when first recruiting the Argentine.
That scenario certainly moved one step closer to becoming a reality with the signing of Memphis Depay from PSV Eindhoven.
The Dutch youngster operates primarily as a winger and may have been recruited to replace the misfiring Di Maria.
It would appear that the 27-year-old is certainly facing a pivotal couple of weeks in his short United career – impress over the next three games and he could be given a stay of execution, otherwise it could yet be 'au revoir' come the summer.