Angel Di Maria is currently considering a move to the Premier League, but may reject Chelsea because he is not keen on playing under Jose Mourinho again, reports The Daily Express.
The Blues are just one of a number of clubs interested in hiring the Argentinian. Clubs in France and Italy are keeping an eye on the situation while Chelsea's main Premier League rivals are also rumoured to be preparing offers. Real Madrid are believed to want around €40 million for the midfielder.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is apparently ready to renew his interest in Di Maria after failing to land the player last summer. Wenger was given the choice of Mesut Ozil, Karim Benzema and Di Maria last summer. As Arsenal fans now, Wenger chose the German but is ready to go back for what he left behind.
The same report claims that Arsenal are ready to make the biggest push out of Chelsea and Manchester United, who make up a trio of English clubs chasing Di Maria's signature.
Wenger looks as though he wants a quality winger this summer and is also chasing Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez. It is hard to see Wenger incorporating both stars into his Arsenal team, but with interest in Sanchez high, the Gunners boss will do well to set Di Maria up as a possible alternative, or vise versa.
A major problem for Chelsea in their pursuit is the fact that Mourinho is in charge and Di Maria is unsure about playing under his management once again. Mourinho was in charge at the Bernabeu for three seasons, but Di Maria struggled to get game time in the Special One's final season.
The winger's animosity towards Mourinho has given Arsenal a major boost in their attempts to sign the player while Manchester United remain behind the pair due to a lack of European football.
James Rodriguez arrival
The reason Real Madrid have decided to sell, and, equally, why Di Maria has decided to leave is the refreshed pursuit of the World Cup sensation that is James Rodriguez. The Colombian has impressed in his country's run to the quarter-final, launching him into the sights of Florentino Perez.
Di Maria had a good season in a central position last year, but believes the arrival of the young South American will put him too far down the pecking order. He's keen to move and England looks a likely destination.
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