Manchester United fans will have woken this morning to news that will surprise even the most pessimistic among them, with Barcelona said to have made contact over a possible move for Angel Di Maria.
Yes, you did read that right. Catalan-based newspaper Sport’s front page leads with the story that the treble-winners are ready to attempt to sign Di Maria this summer, and what’s more the player himself is interested in the transfer.
Di Maria at United
Di Maria made a colossal switch to United last summer from Real Madrid, becoming Louis van Gaal’s flagship purchase of his first transfer window in charge of the club and shattering the club’s record concerning money paid for a player.
However the forward found it difficult to justify the fee shelled out for him after a terrific start, leading rumours to infer that the Red Devils might be inclined to try and get their money back just 12 months after parting ways with it.
They have been fleeting, admittedly, but if Sport’s report is to be believed then things are seriously stepping up at the Nou Camp, despite the fact that they are still banned from signing anyone until January 2016.
On top of that they boast arguably one of the most impressive front threes ever assembled in Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, and though Di Maria can play further back as a supporting act there’s little or no room in Barca’s starting XI there either.
Yet, forgetting reasons why the move is altogether unfeasible, Sport states that Di Maria would be keen on a move, and if he is to leave he wants it to be to a club more high-profile than United. IN that respect Barca are one of a very select few, although where is past allegiances with Real would factor in isn’t mentioned too strongly.
Van Gaal's stance
Something that is addressed in detail is the fact that Van Gaal himself would sanction Di Maria’s exit this summer as he doesn’t feel the 27-year-old has come close to meeting the demands he has set from his players as he seeks to return United to their former flynth at the summit of English football.
Ultimately it’s a batch of speculation sure to stoke the fires of controversy, but if nothing else it should be watching with interest as it develops. Sport have dedicated their front page to the story so must be at least partly convinced it’s feasible, though we’re a little more sceptical.
United fans, do you think there’s any chance Di Maria could leave for Barcelona? Could he sign on a pre-contract agreement? Let us know in the comments box below.