Bayern Munich have identified Angel Di Maria as their No 1 transfer target, according to Sky Deutschland - although Sky sources in England insist Manchester United have no intention of selling.
Di Maria’s future has been the subject of speculation after a difficult first season at Old Trafford following his club record £59.7m move from Real Madrid.
The midfielder made an encouraging start at United, scoring three goals in his first five appearances, but his only other goal came in an FA Cup tie against Yeovil and he lost his place in the side in the second half of the campaign.
The midfielder is currently on Argentina duty at the Copa America in Chile, where he is being closely watched by Bayern scouts as they weigh up a move for the 27-year-old.
Pep Guardiola’s Bayern are eager to bring in a winger this summer with Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery now 31 and 32 respectively, but Sky Sports News HQ reporter James Cooper insists any approaches for Di Maria will be rejected by United.
“The constant message from United this summer has been that he is going nowhere, he is going to stay at Manchester United and be a big part of Louis van Gaal’s plans for next season,” said Cooper.
“Our friends at Sky Deutschland have been talking about Bayern Munich being interested in Di Maria and even scouting him over at the Copa America. I don’t think they are the only club doing that, but United won’t budge on this and Di Maria won’t be going anywhere this summer.”
If Bayern cannot convince United to sell Di Maria, Sky Deutschland say Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann would be their second choice.
The France international predominantly featured centrally for Atletico last season, scoring 25 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions, but he is also comfortable on the left flank.
Meanwhile, Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer has urged Bayern midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger to reject interest from United. The World Cup-winning midfielder is on the Red Devils' list of summer targets, but Beckenbauer feels he should stay at the Allianz Arena.
"I would advise him not to go to England. He can stay here as well. This challenge, at his age, it’s not what he needs,” said Beckenbauer.