Manchester United are yet to approach Real Madrid for the potential sale of Angel Di Maria, according to the Spanish giants' club president.
Florentino Perez has addressed the situation, suggesting David Moyes will face a difficult task landing the Argentinian winger, per Rob Dawson of the Manchester Evening News:
He has a contract in place until 2018 and many clubs want him. We have not received any offer for the sale of Angel Di Maria. This is the truth of this subject.
These are things that do not happen but are written about. Nobody has told me anything about this situation, I have asked the club if someone has approached us and nobody knows anything.
Di Maria has become something of a bit-part player since Gareth Bale's summer arrival at Madrid.
The 25-year-old has made 10 starts and four substitute appearances in this year's La Liga campaign, but has completed 90 minutes just twice since Oct. 19, per WhoScored.com.
According to Ben Jefferson of the Express, Monaco could be one of the clubs plotting to offer Di Maria a route away from the Bernabeu, a transfer made all the more likely due to his association with agent Jorge Mendes, who negotiated deals for Radamel Falcao and Joao Moutinho to join the Ligue 1 side:
The news will come as a blow to United, with David Moyes looking for more dynamic wing play than Antonio Valencia, Nani or Ashley Young have displayed so far at Old Trafford this season.
Di Maria appeared to be a realistic target for United in January, given his desire to leave, but it now seems Moyes may have to look elsewhere for reinforcements.
While Antonio Valencia's form has been much-improved over the last month, Moyes will be concerned by the lack of output from players such as Nani and Ashley Young. Both remain overshadowed by the reputations that got them to Old Trafford and are easy targets for fans' frustration when the team performs badly.
Should United try to sign Angel Di Maria in January?
Young, in particular, has received major criticism for his willingness to dive at vital moments. The Englishman will have further soured his relationship with the Red Devils support after he failed to apologise for his gamesmanship, per Sky Sports, and should be considered the No. 1 candidate to leave in the coming weeks.
United have Wilfried Zaha coming through the ranks, but Moyes has only just integrated the 21-year-old into the first-team picture with Premier League substitute appearances against Newcastle and Aston Villa throughout December, per WhoScored.com.
Di Maria's pace, trickery and source of invention is exactly what United need. Moyes' team have played laboured football throughout the season and need a spark to push toward the upper echelons of the domestic table.
Having confirmed the club have money to spend in January, per United's official website, expect to see plenty of world-class players linked with a switch to Manchester in the near future.
Moyes' activity in the upcoming transfer window will likely define his first campaign as United boss and will certainly play a major role in the squad's attempts to reclaim a Premier League crown that is looking rather distant at the moment.