Argentine winger Di Maria, who cost a British record £59.7million, is attracting interest from Europe’s elite after flopping at Old Trafford last term.

Champions League winners Barcelona have been linked with the ex-Real Madrid star, while French champions PSG and German giants Bayern Munich re long-term admirers.

But the United board do not want to sell Di Maria, 27, to either Barcelona or Bayern amid fears he will prove an instant hit for their rivals.

Although he could be equally successful at PSG that would not be such a problem – as long as Louis van Gaal’s men land £50m-rated Cavani in return.

Dutch coach van Gaal drew up a lengthy list of top striker targets at the start of the summer but so far none has materialised.