Real Madrid star Angel di Maria is open to the idea of making a Premier League switch this summer, but doesn’t want to move to Manchester as he doesn’t like the city.
That’s according to Spanish publication Marca, which claims that the winger may well move away from La Liga in the coming weeks, despite the fact that he has a monumental £40million price tag on his head. Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea have all been credited with interest in reports emanating from Spain, but it would appear that Arsene Wenger could have the last laugh.
The Frenchman declined the chance to re-sign former Arsenal captain Francesc Fabregas and allowed Jose Mourinho to instead lure him to west London, but could now take pole position in the hunt for Di Maria.
Offers on the table
Marca claim that there are numerous European giants who covet Di Maria, though his wages and valuation are preventing many of them from lodging official offers. Juventus are thought to want to take him to the Serie A but can only do so if they part ways with either Arturo Vidal or Paul Pogba, which is something they want to avoid if they can.
French champions Paris-Saint Germain are also in the fray, and Laurent Blanc is keen to follow up his capture of David Luiz by engineering a transfer for Di Maria. However the Financial Fair Play restrictions in place at the Parc des Princes could scupper any potential deal.
Then there’s the aforementioned Premier League giants, who continue to circle the Santiago Bernabeu in the hope that Carlo Ancelotti will consent to selling one of his top players. Karim Benzema and Sami Khedira also face uncertain futures, but it’s Di Maria who is the flavour of the month.
United & City to be rejected
The report in Marca clearly states that Arsenal are the favourites for Di Maria’s signature due to the economic spending power they showed when they signed former team-mate Mesut Ozil last summer. It also claims that the Argentinian winger isn’t convinced by the idea of living in Manchester, and so could well reject United and City if either come calling.
Such news will be seen as a blow by both Van Gaal and Manuel Pellegrini, who would no doubt welcome a player of the 26-year-old’s ability with open arms.
Di Maria’s talent
Though initially expected to take a back-seat at Madrid after Gareth Bale’s arrival last summer, Di Maria has gone from strength to strength over the last year. A fine season domestically was capped by a man of the match performance in the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid, and a last-gasp winner in the second round of the World Cup against Switzerland has endeared him further to Argentina fans.