Real Madrid have told Louis van Gaal and Manchester United in no uncertain terms that they will be forced to up their bid for Angel di Maria to £56million if they want to be successful.
According to the Daily Express the La Liga giants have revealed to the Red Devils that they are willing to let the Argentinian superstar leave the club as they look to raise funds for an assault of their own on Monaco’s James Rodriguez, but that only a figure well above what has already been mentioned will do. It’s thought Van Gaal was prepared to offer up to £47million in order to price Arsenal out of the race for Di Maria’s signature, but the Dutchman has now been told flatly that it will not be enough.
Real Madrid’s stance
Though Madrid fans may have been excused for assuming that Di Maria would be remaining at the Santiago Bernabeu in the wake of his scintillating performances of late, it would appear that he is the most expendable asset the club has as they look to generate money for Carlo Ancelotti to put towards acquiring their top talents. Los Blancos are desperate to recruit their annual big-name signing - who this summer happens to be the in-form Rodriguez - and know that it will take a hefty sum for them to land him.
As such they’ve upped their asking price for Di Maria, and whereas at one stage they might have been happy to see United, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain scrapping it out to offer close to the £40million mark, they’re now ready to play hard-ball and hold off negotiations until the suitors offer £56million.
Arsenal out of the running
The same report claims that with Arsene Wenger convinced that Alexis Sanchez is on his way to the Emirates Stadium he has promptly conceded defeat in the tussle for Di Maria, leaving just United and PSG to contend for his signature. Though the Gunners boss has cash to spend for the first time in a good few seasons £56million is too much for him to pay for one man whilst he has other areas of his squad to address, and it would make little sense to bring in two similar players in the same window.
United home and dry?
From the outside looking in it would appear that Van Gaal is edging ever closer to clinching his third major signing of the summer - and what a signing it would be. Regardless of the incredible fee Di Maria is a world-class player, and his capture could immediately propel United into title contention. The only question that remains now is whether or not their manager will consent to paying the aforementioned figure or turn his attention to other targets.
United fans, would you be happy to see Van Gaal make a £56million bid for Di Maria?