Manchester United and Arsenal target Angel di Maria will cost £40million to sign this summer, according to reports.
The Daily Express claims Real Madrid have put the hefty price-tag on the player ahead of the transfer window, amidst reports the Argentine winger is unsettled in the Spanish capital.
New contract offer
Carlo Ancelotti has put a new contract offer in-front of the 26-year-old, the report claims, but Di Maria is unhappy with the terms - prompting strong speculation over a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu. Super agent Jorge Mendes has been looking for possible suitors, with the Premier League pair now in the running.
Manchester United are already looking at a summer of change, with new manager Louis van Gaal putting his stamp on the team following last season’s debacle with David Moyes and then club legend Ryan Giggs on a temporary basis.
The Red Devils have already brought Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw to Old Trafford, spending huge sums of money in an effort to become competitive once again and challenge for the title - or perhaps a return to the Champions League in the first instance.
Di Maria would certainly be an exciting signing for Manchester United fans, but the report claims that at this stage, the club are not willing to meet the current asking price. If they were, then he'd rival the likes of Ashley Young and Luis Nani for a place in the line-up.
The same is true of Arsenal, who are yet to make their big moves this summer despite an expectation that Arsene Wenger will indeed look to splash the cash. They do have Joel Campbell returning after a successful World Cup with Costa Rica to-date.
Having seen his Gunners end their nine-year trophy drought with victory in the FA Cup last season, Wenger must surely be hungry for more success and be eager to make a legitimate challenge for the title.
However, a lack of depth has been the Achilles heel at the Emirates Stadium, as well as question marks over whether they have enough talent to match the other big boys domestically. With Mesut Ozil joining last summer, the signs are that Arsenal are slowly moving in the right direction.
Adding Di Maria would be another significant step after a strong season with Los Blancos and involvement in the World Cup, but a club record bid does not appear to be in the offing from the north London club.
Given his impressive display in the Champions League last season, it’s a surprise that Madrid are even considering allowing the player to leave. And, whilst the price is high, both clubs would be foolish not to try and pursue a deal, as Di Maria would strengthen any side in world football that utilises a 4-2-3-1 formation.
If he is looking for a new club, then you can expect plenty more clubs to join the race for this undoubted talent.