Manchester City are set to launch a £30m bid for Real Madrid’s Angel Di Maria – with the imminently arriving, Manuel Pellegrini, giving the move the go ahead, according to the Mirror.

The Citizens have already splashed the cash early on in the transfer period, having already acquired Jesus Navas from Sevilla and Fernandinho from Shahktar Donetsk for around £50m combined.

Their latest big bid comes as no surprise - as Manchester City look to claim the Premier League title and challenge for the Champions League next season, and they hope that Di Maria will help them towards this along with the other new signings.

The 25-year-old from Rosaria, Argentina began his senior career at Rosario central, after progressing through the side’s youth ranks, in 2005.

He was then snapped up by SL Benfica – one of several European clubs eyeing the young man’s signature after in the FIFA U-20 World Cup – in July 2007. He went on to make 123 appearances for the Portuguese side, scoring 15 goals and being credited with 26 assists.

After three seasons in Portugal, he would move to Spain with Real Madrid. So far, he has made 137 appearances for Los Blancos and has scored 25 goals, with 53 assists.

The Argentine has also made 38 appearances for his national side and has scored eight goals.

The winger is known for his superb dribbling ability and his knack of beating his man with a quick burst of pace. He also has a very good final pass, as seen in the amount of assists that he has, and also gets the odd goal.

The thought of Di Maria bombing down one wing and Navas blitzing down the other is one to put fear into all Premier League defences.

Should Di Maria arrive at Manchester City – along with the other marquee signings – they will surely be a force to be reckoned with in all competitions.


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