Manchester United will be offered the chance to sign Real Madrid’s Angel di Maria for a sum in excess of €50million this summer, if the words of Spanish journalist Manu Sainz are to be believed.
The commentator told Spanish television station La Sexta that Di Maria would definitely be leaving the Champions League winners in the coming weeks, but could be sold at a shock price. This is following reports that Carlo Ancelotti was considering letting him go for around €50million, with United and Arsenal both said to be ready to hotly compete for his signature.
The Argentinian has greatly improved his standing following his most recent season, but is still evidently not valued in the same bracket as the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale at the Santiago Bernabeu. Despite having won the man of the match award in the Champions League final, and having managed to retain his spot in the first-team regardless of the arrival of the aforementioned Bale, Sainz is of the opinion he will be shipped upon his return from the World Cup.
La Sexta comments
As translated by French publication Le 10 Sport, Sainz said: “He will leave, that's for sure.
He could go for a record, exceeding the 50 million euros that was announced in the press at this time."
The commentator’s views echo the opinions of many who have backed Di Maria to leave Madrid for the past 12 months. Whilst the 26-year-old is far from a reserve option under Ancelotti he could well become a lynchpin elsewhere, and a move to the Premier League might suit his ambitions moving forward.
What United could offer
By joining United Di Maria would most certainly become the focal point of their attacking moving forward. Whilst Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney are both experienced finishers Louis van Gaal would definitely welcome a world-class wide-man, and the Madrid star’s ability to beat defenders and drive towards goal have been showcased all too well in recent times.
As far as money goes Van Gaal definitely has enough cash to play with to offer Di Maria comparable wages to what he’s currently on in Madrid, and the €50million price tag could be seen to with the £125million he is rumoured to have left after the purchases of Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera, with money still to spare.
Madrid willingness to sell
At any other club in the world Di Maria’s place following an incredible season would be virtually set in stone. However Florentino Perez’s annual attempt to land the most in-form player in the world will commence as usual, and Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez and Luis Suarez have all be named as potential targets.
Naturally none of those players will be available for under £50million and so, just as was the case with the sale of Mesut Ozil last summer, it will be essential that Madrid part ways with a world renown talent in order to raise funds. Di Maria could just be that man this time around.