Real Madrid began pre-season training on July 14, and their squad will be boarding a flight to the United States this Monday as they prepare to compete in the International Champions Cup.
Los Blancos have won the last three editions of the summertime competition and will play their opener against fellow Group A member Inter Milan in the California Memorial Stadium at the University of Berkeley on July 26. They will follow that match with contests against AS Roma at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas (July 29), before finishing their final group game vs Manchester United at the University of Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor (August 2).
The final of the competition will be played at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami on August 4 and will feature the winners of Group A and B of the International Champions Cup (Group B consists of: Liverpool, Manchester City, Olympiacos and AC Milan).
But heading into the competition, the future of Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria remains unclear.
Reports have been circulating around the Argentinian international since the World Cup. The 26-year-old appears to be on his way out of the Santiago Bernabeu with possible destinations being Manchester United or Paris Saint-Germain.
Speculation is that the player prefers a move to the French club, but a transfer to the Ligue 1 champions won’t be able to materialize until PSG are able to offload one or two members from their current squad.
The French newspaper L’Equipe reports that PSG would need to sell before it could buy in order to abide by Financial Fair Play. The outlet went on to suggest that the Paris-based club would be willing to depart with a number of players, names such as Edinson Cavani, Lucas Moura, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Javier Pastore or Marco Verratti.
Di Maria still has three years remaining on his contract with Real Madrid. His current deal reportedly pays less than £3.95m ($6.65m) per year. But PSG manager Laurent Blanc has made signing the winger his main priority and is willing to offer him a contract worth £6.3m ($10.8m) per season.
The Argentinian international is determined to leave the Champions League winning side because he was unhappy with his role in Carlo Ancelotti’s squad.
Although he is a fan favorite at the Bernabeu, it appears that Real Madrid are willing to sell the talented winger and have already engineered a move for Colombian James Rodriguez from AS Monaco.
Reports around Europe have suggested that the World Cup Golden Boot winner and ten-time champions of Europe have already agreed to personal terms.
As for Di Maria, if his future isn’t sorted out in the next 48 hours, he could find himself meeting up with the rest of Real Madrid’s stars as they take part in the International Champions Cup in the United States.
Carlo Ancelotti should announce his squad prior to their flight to America on Monday.
It will be curious to see if Angel Di Maria is named on that list.