Manchester United are preparing to make a €70 million move for Real Madrid winger Angel di Maria, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.
The Red Devils are expected to be active in the last few weeks of the transfer window, and are believed to be lining up several deals before deadline day.
New Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has admitted that his priority is to land reinforcements in defence, but that hasn't stopped suggestions that he could be gearing up to shatter the club’s record transfer fee for one of Europe’s top players.
It looked like Arturo Vidal may be that man, however more reports are suggesting that Angel di Maria could be the subject of a huge Old Trafford bid. Marca say that a €70 million bid could be on the way, and that he will be offered €7 million-per-season in order to sign on the dotted line.
Van Gaal appeared to drop a hint that a move for Di Maria could be on the cards by admitting that he was short of a player of the Real Madrid man’s quality out wide.
"At this moment, we have five number nines and four number 10s – and we don't have wingers to give us attacking width," he told reporters.
"Or, I should say, we don't have wingers of the highest level, like Ronaldo or Di Maria or somebody like that.
"So, I have to play in another way – and you have seen that already. I only buy when I think we need to buy – in the position that is necessary."
Manchester United appear to be the frontrunners for the Argentine’s signature after Paris Saint-Germain pulled out of the race to sign him because they are unable to pay his transfer fee having had their spending power restricted by Financial Fair Play regulations.
The move for Di Maria may be a sign that the Red Devils are about to lose out on Juan Cuadrado of Fiorentina. The Colombian is believed to be a target for Barcelona, and is likely to be on his way to the Nou Camp before the transfer window slams shut.