Sport claim an official from La Blaugrana made contact with Madrid but president Florentino Perez refused to even negotiate a possible sale to Barca.
Di Maria is said to want to quit Santiago Bernabeu after growing unhappy with his contract and Madrid’s refusal to meet his terms.
The Argentina international is thought to want €8m-a-year (£6.4m), a raise on his current €3m-a-year (£2.4m) pay packet, and it was confirmed by Carlo Ancelotti that he has asked to leave the club.
Barca attempted to exploit Di Maria’s unhappiness by tempting Los Blancos with a substantial offer, although Sport also suggest they were simply trying to exacerbate the situation between the disaffected player and his club.
With Barcelona unable to sign any new players until January 2016 after world football’s governing body FIFA rejected an appeal over a transfer ban imposed for breaching rules on underage players, it makes sense for them to stock up now. However, with one of the most potent attacking line ups in football history, the Catalan club’s emphasis should be on signing defenders. This would be a vanity purchase and, while Di Maria is a remarkable player, spending near £50 million no him would not *hugely* improve their starting line-up. Also, would Real Madrid sell to their arch rivals? No chance.
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