Arsenal Transfer News: Angel Di Maria Bid Made, Alvaro Morata Tipped for England

Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistMay 28, 2014

LISBON, PORTUGAL - MAY 24:  Angel Di Maria of Real Madrid celebrates victory after the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid at Estadio da Luz on May 24, 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Arsenal have reportedly made a bid for Real Madrid star Angel di Maria, who is looking for a move away from the Bernabeu despite a sparkling performance in Los Blancos' Champions League final victory on Saturday. 

As reported by Gary Jones in the Daily Star, the Gunners have beaten both Manchester United and Manchester City in tabling a bid for the Argentina international:

Arsenal have made an offer for Real Madrid star Angel di Maria, ahead of their Premier League rivals Manchester United and City.

The recently crowned Champions League winners are working desperately to convince Di Maria to stay at the Bernabeu.

But with mounting interest from some of Europe's biggest and wealthiest clubs, Carlo Ancelotti now faces renewed interest from the Gunners as well as Italian giants Juventus.

The 26-year-old has been a key player for Real this season, recording four goals and 17 assists in La Liga, per, as well as starring in Real's 4-1 Champions League final win over Atletico.

However, he is seemingly agitating for a move away from the club, with UOL Sport reporting a source close to the player, via Jones in the Star

It is true that he is leaving because he wants to go. It is very likely that he will leave before the end of the World Cup in Brazil.

Arsenal, PSG and Monaco have all made concrete offers for Angel. But there is still interest from Manchester City, Manchester United and Juventus.

Di Maria would be a huge signing for Arsenal and a massive boost to their attacking unit, which seemed to tire toward the end of the 2013-14 season.

Currently lacking a natural left-winger, Arsenal had to rely upon Santi Cazorla or Lukas Podolski for large chunks of the campaign. Di Maria's pace and quality would represent a vast improvement for Arsene Wenger.

Another player who would add firepower to the Gunners' attack is Di Maria's team-mate, striker Alvaro Morata, who is also looking for a move away from Madrid, reportedly to the Premier League. 

The 21-year-old Spaniard made just three La Liga starts this season, coming on as a substitute 20 times, and bagging eight goals, per

Spanish sports newspaper Marca reports the youngster has only one year left on his contract with the Spanish giants:

Alvaro Morata looks almost certain to try to engineer a move away from Real Madrid. The striker decided back in January that he wants to leave behind 'Los Blancos' and find the game time which he has been denied over the past two seasons somewhere else. [...]

The home-grown player looks set to wind up playing Premier League football.

Morata looks like an ideal Wenger signing: a youngster with bags of ability whom the Frenchman can mould over the long term to be an essential Arsenal player.

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He would also provide assistance to current Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, who performed well for the Gunners in 2013-14 but looked progressively more isolated as the season went on. 

He bagged 16 goals in the Premier League, per BBC Sport, but with little cover in his position he seemed to tire as the season came to an end.

The Frenchman is looking to continue at the Emirates, with reporting that negotiations are ongoing to extend the 27-year-old's current contract:

I have two years left on my contract [until June 2016] but we are in negotiations to extend. For now, I am here. There are many great things to do.

I feel comfortable in the Premier League. My first season not too bad, I had a pretty good second. I hope to do even better [next season]. I am progressing from year to year, the same as the team.

Wenger may also be looking to bring in goalkeeping cover, where current No.1 Wojciech Szczesny is set to be challenged in his position with the potential arrival of Norwich shot-stopper John Ruddy at the Emirates, per Liam Prenderville in the Daily Mirror.

The £6 million-valued keeper performed well this season despite his Canaries side being relegated to the Championship after finishing in 18th position. 

Meanwhile, Kim Kallstrom could make a return to the Emirates after a largely disappointing injury-plagued loan spell at Arsenal in the second half of the season.

According to John Cross in the Daily Mirror, the Swede is looking to return to North London and has had talks with Wenger to that effect. It would certainly be an intriguing move as his consistent back problems saw the 31-year-old play very few minutes in an Arsenal shirt.

It is not immediately obvious what he contributed that warrants a return to the Emirates, with football writer Daniel Church echoing the thoughts of many on his potential comeback: 

It certainly seems Arsenal intend to be active in the summer's transfer window and it is essential that they do so considering the clear lack of depth in their squad.

Despite their FA Cup triumph, an early-season tilt at the league title faded drastically in the closing months with the previously table-topping Gunners finishing the season in fourth.

The likes of Di Maria are certainly the calibre of player that Wenger should be looking to sign if he wants his side to maintain their challenge for the Premier League next term.