Manchester City are preparing an audacious bid to secure the services of Manchester United’s Argentine winger Angel di Maria according to reports in The Sunday Times.

Manchester City were keen to sign the Argentina international from Real Madrid last summer, but could not meet Manchester United’s A?66.85m offer for the player due restrictions from the Financial Fair Play restrictions.

According to the reliable Duncan Castles, Txiki Begiristain, Manchester Citya s director of football, has monitored Di Mariaa s unhappiness under Louis van Gaal and with a summer budget that allows him to a compete head-to-head with all the top clubsa , has asked the forwarda s advisers if he would consider a cross-city transfer.

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While the Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has stated that a the manager and the club is always dependable on the opinion of the playera , after relegating Uniteda s record signing to the bench in the second half of last season, Di Maria is not hopeful of joining City.

Instead, his current focus is on suitors outside the Premier League with PSG, another club who failed to price the player away last season due to the restrictions from the Financial Fail Play, interested in getting the player this time around.

Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona, both, are interested in the player as per the report. However, Barcelona have the transfer ban till January and the player would prefer to move elsewhere. Bayern Munich had been linked with the player for a number of years, but, the asking price of Manchester United had put the club off, as per reports in German media.

With fresh reports of the player seeking an exit and Manchester City looking to price him away, this could turn out to be one of the sagas of the transfer window alongside Raheem Sterling should di Maria make his intentions clearer about seeking a transfer away from the Old Trafford outfit.