Manchester United are preparing to make a £150,000-a-week salary offer to Angel di Maria as they are confident a £38million bid will be enough to convince Real Madrid to sell him this summer.
According to the Daily Star, the Old Trafford club are desperate to land the Argentine in the current transfer window and believe their counterparts at the Santiago Bernabeu are willing to sell if the price is right. The report claims the Premier League giants think £38million will do the job and are already preparing the rest of the financials.
Di Maria will be offered a massive £150,000 per week to join the Red Devils, which would make him one of the best-paid players at the club. New manager Louis van Gaal needs greater threat on the flanks after the failure in the past two seasons of the current incumbents and the Argentina international would certainly do that.
Nani, Ashley Young, Shinji Kagawa and Antonio Valencia have all failed to shine when given the opportunity to impress when handed numerous opportunities, though the Japan international is not a natural out wide and Valencia has been handed a new contract.
Young and Nani both look as though their futures are under threat if they cannot effect a drastic change in their form before the transfer window closes or work wonders on the training pitch to impress Van Gaal. Losing either, or both, of those two would be no great loss if Di Maria is brought in to replace them.
Real Madrid, according to the report, are preparing to make an attempt to sign World Cup sensation James Rodriguez from AS Monaco, which is posited as a reason for their willingness to listen to offers for Di Maria.
Colombia’s new superstar was terrific at Brazil 2014 and left with the Golden Boot after netting six times, but he was not the only one to impress. Apart from one poor match against Switzerland, Di Maria was very impressive in the matches he was not injured.
Strong finish to the season
Added to this was his Man of the Match performance for Real Madrid in their victorious Champions League final clash with city rivals Atletico. It capped off what was a constructive season for the 26-year-old under Carlo Ancelotti.
It is then reasonable to suggest that los Blancos would be unwise to sell him this summer, but it is not unusual for Real Madrid to offload a player that has performed well to make way for a more stellar name.