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Di María's exit could open the way for James to join Madrid

Di María's exit could open the way for James to join Madrid

Manchester United and PSG are both in the running to sign the Argentina International. Madrid prefer to sell ‘el Fideo’ to the Premier League club, while the player himself prefers a move to Paris.

Real Madrid now know that Ángel Di María does not want to return to the club and the ball has started rolling to cover the gap that would be left by ‘el Fideo’ with the signing of James Rodríguez. In fact, the club have received news that Di María does not wish to return to the Spanish capital. What’s more, the Argentine has already decided on the club he wants to represent next season: PSG. Yet this choice clashes with Madrid’s preferences, and those in charge at the Santiago Bernabéu are more in favour of a move to Manchester United. Both interested parties have already put 60 million euros on the table, an amount that falls short of Los Blancos’ asking price of 70 million.

Replacement. Di María’s transfer is not good news for Ancelotti, who considers the player a key part of his side, and has forced the Italian coach to seek a world-class replacement to cover the hole left by the Argentine: no other that Colombia star James Rodríguez. The current top scorer at the World Cup (six goals) and one of the stars of the tournament is Florentino Pérez’s target. Nevertheless, to hire his services Madrid will have to shell out a large sum of money: Monaco’s initial asking price is 80 million euros, with his World Cup performances significantly increasing the 45 million euros Monaco paid Porto for him last year.

Manchester United also have their sights set on James and are willing to step up their bid to sign him if the Di María move falls through. This is the reason Madrid are keen to ensure the Argentine’s move is successful because if the Red Devils came in for the Colombian it would more than likely see his price increase. At any rate, Madrid start out with an advantage after James publicly declared his ‘love’ for the club and La Liga, and also stated that he felt the Premier League was not suited to his style of play.

On Sunday the World Cup draws to a close and things will be set in motion. Right now Di María looks to be further away from Madrid than James Rodríguez.

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