Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed Manchester United target Angel Di Maria should return to Real Madrid for pre-season next month but didn’t clarify where his long-term future lay.
The 26-year-old midfielder has been linked with moves to both United and Paris Saint Germain since this summer’s World Cup, though Real have reportedly slapped a hefty €80 million price tag on the Argentine.
Speaking to Spanish paper AS, the Real Madrid manager said he expected Di Maria to return, though he stopped short of the ‘he’s not going anywhere’ line.
“I don’t have any news about Di Maria,” said Ancelotti.
“I know the same about him as I do about the others.
“He has finished the World Cup and on 5 August he has to be at Valdebebas [Real Madrid’s training ground].”
AS also said that PSG were ready to test Madrid’s resolve by offering a €75 million bid for Di Maria, as well as offloading Edison Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi to comply with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play Regulations.
Ancelotti’s reluctance to insist Di Maria will be a Real player next season could indicate that, as has been reported, the Argentine is surplus to requirements following the arrival of James Rodriguez.
However, as The Peoples Person reported yesterday, it is highly unlikely United would be willing to offer anywhere near an audacious €80m price tag that is being suggested, so any move from United’s perspective would involve a far smaller bid if Van Gaal was interested in signing the Argentine.