Manchester United make Angel Di Maria offer

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Manchester United have made a bid, believed to be in the region of £55m, for Real Madrid attacker Angel Di Maria.

According to The Metro, Manchester United are waiting to hear back from Real Madrid after submitting their latest offer for the Argentina international. Citing reports in South America, the newspaper claims that in the wake of PSG's withdrawal of interest in Di Maria, the Premier League club are now favourites.

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PSG pull out

PSG were widely believed to be the frontrunners to sign Di Maria this summer, only for their president to confirm yesterday that they've been priced out of a move.

United have rekindled their interest, as it's clear that Real Madrid are keen to sell Di Maria following their £63m acquisition of James Rodriguez from Monaco.

The news of a United bid follows reports that the Old Trafford club would have no problem matching Di Maria's wage demands. The Argentina international, currently on £70,000-a-week at the Bernabeu, is looking for £120,000-a-week.


A United move for Di Maria could spell the end for Shinji Kagawa and one or two other United attackers. Louis Van Gaal looks set to play a 3-5-2 system next year with Juan Mata first-choice behind the strikers.

It's a role that Angel Di Maria could also play, but it would be likely to force out Kagawa. The Japanese international has struggled to cement a place in the team under three different managers, and has been linked with a move to Spain.

New system

But it could also see Van Gaal reverting to his preferred 4-3-3 system. Di Maria played brilliantly in this formation for Real Madrid last season, and it is the set-up the Dutchman typically favours. He says he's only playing 3-5-2 because it makes sense with the squad he inherited.

Should he bring in Di Maria, we could see the beginning of Van Gaal changing United back to a 4-3-3 system, a formation they employed with great success under Sir Alex Ferguson.

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