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PSG set to rival Manchester United in Di Maria race

Manchester United could miss out on the signing of Angel Di Maria after Paris Saint-Germain emerged as frontrunners for the Argentina international's signature, Goal understands.

The Old Trafford side had been confident of reaching an agreement with Real Madrid to sign the winger this summer as Louis van Gaal continues with a squad overhaul.

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But the Premier League club are now aware they could be outmuscled in negotiations by PSG, despite the Financial Fair Play sanctions placed on the Ligue 1 champions.

And PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has reportedly held talks in Madrid with the Spanish giants.

The offer of Champions League football from the French capital club is also understood to appeal to Di Maria, despite the presence of Van Gaal at Old Trafford.

United have pressed ahead with their summer transfer plans during the World Cup despite the Dutchman's continued involvement with the Netherlands in Brazil.

Ander Herrera was signed from Athletic Bilbao, while Southampton teenager Luke Shaw made a big-money move from Southampton.

But Van Gaal could miss out on another primary transfer target after Toni Kroos previously turned down the chance to leave Bayern Munich for the Premier League.

Di Maria, meanwhile, is facing a race against time to be fit for the World Cup final clash with Germany after picking up a thigh injury in training.