Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is expected to reject the chance to sign Real Madrid winger Angel di Maria - because he does not want to harm the development of the Red Devils’ promising Belgium international Adnan Januzaj.
This is according to a report published by the Express, which cites sources at Old Trafford as suggesting Van Gaal is currently preoccupied with strengthening his defence and central midfield. The Dutch coach is a huge fan of Januzaj, who was handed Ryan Giggs’ iconic number 11 shirt earlier this month, and does not want to risk cramping his style by bringing in Di Maria.
United fans desperate for marquee signing
United supporters are desperate for Van Gaal to land a marquee signing with just 10 days left before the transfer window shuts. The Premier League giants have spent £72 million this summer on the signings of Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo, but the club’s supporters remain keen to see Van Gaal secure the services of a world star, like Di Maria or Arturo Vidal.
Their hopes of United landing Di Maria were boosted on Thursday, when Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti confirmed the Argentina international has asked to leave the Bernabeu this summer.
Di Maria keen to leave Real Madrid
Di Maria enjoyed a fabulous season last term with Los Blancos, producing a Man of the Match performance in May’s triumphant Champions League final against city rivals Atletico Madrid, but that did not stop the club from shelling out mega money on Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez.
Di Maria has subsequently fallen down the pecking order at Real Madrid, and is keen to leave the European champions for pastures new, with United and Ligue 1 title holders Paris Saint-Germain continually linked with the 26-year-old over recent weeks.
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PSG struggling to finance Di Maria deal
PSG remain keen on the world-class winger, but are not currently in a position to finance an outright bid. The French champions have already been reprimanded once this year by UEFA for falling out of line with the European football’s governing body’s Financial Fair Play regulations - and risk another hefty punishment if they sign Di Maria without first offloading a big-name star.
With time ticking down to September 1 - the final day of the summer transfer window - it seems increasingly likely that Di Maria will not join PSG, unless Real Madrid agree to a season-long loan deal with a view to a permanent transfer next summer.
Manchester United are currently the firm favourites to sign the South American ace, but that is now likely to chance following news of Van Gaal’s dramatic U-turn.