Arsenal Transfer News: Angel Di Maria Madrid Stay Expected by Carlo Ancelotti

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistJune 10, 2014

LISBON, PORTUGAL - MAY 24:  Angel Di Maria of Real Madrid in action during 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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Carlo Ancelotti may have ended any lingering Arsenal hopes of signing Angel Di Maria, saying, "I have no doubt that he'll stay" at Real Madrid, reported by Emilio Contreras of Marca.

The Italian boss added to this statement by suggesting Di Maria knows he is valued in the Spanish capital, reported by ESPN FC: "I think that Di Maria knows very well that everyone loves him. The coach, the club and the fans love him. I don't think he has any doubt about that."

Arsenal are reported to be among those hunting Di Maria's signature after the Argentinian posted a terrific end to the club campaign by setting up Gareth Bale's Champions League winner with a mazy run, per Nick Lustig of the Daily Star. Manchester United and Manchester City are also said to be eyeing a £40 million deal for the player who is susceptible to being overlooked at the Bernabeu.

While the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Bale are obvious headline makers, Di Maria continues to improve in Spain. He has added versatility to his game—playing on both wings and in central midfield during the 2013-14 season—scoring seven and assisting an impressive 22 in 45 appearances across La Liga and Europe, per

With numbers like that adding to the output of Ronaldo, Bale and Karim Benzema, there's little wonder why Ancelotti wishes to keep the core of his attack intact. Arsenal are more likely to land the services of Alvaro Morata, another Madrid star who has been linked with the club since the winter transfer window.

Contreras also reported comments from Ancelotti in which he confirms the youngster is looking to move on this summer. "Morata wants to look for an opportunity to get more playing time and the club agrees with him," said Ancelotti. "I think it would be good to give him that opportunity for a year."

VIGO, SPAIN - MAY 11:  Alvaro Morata of Real Madrid CF duels for the ball with Andreu Fontas of RC Celta De Vigo during the la Liga match between Real Club Celta De Vigo and Real Madrid CF at Estadio Balaidos on May 11, 2014 in Vigo, Spain.  (Photo by Jua
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While the wording of this statement suggests Morata is likely to head out on loan, he could prove to be a quality alternative to Olivier Giroud at the Emirates Stadium if Arsenal can negotiate a permanent deal.

Powerful, blessed with classy technique and the ability to create chances with a hold-up style of play, Morata possesses the attributes needed to link well with Arsenal's quick-thinking midfielders.

That said, the Gunners should be wary of signing the individual permanently if it means Madrid insert a buyback clause into his contract, per Alvaro Olmedo of Marca. Los Blancos placed this kind of agreement into Dani Carvajal's paperwork when he moved to Bayer Leverkusen in 2012—only to call him back as a much-improved player one year later—signalling a fruitful exercise for the La Liga giants.

LISBON, PORTUGAL - MAY 24:  Head Coach, Carlo Ancelotti of Real Madrid celebrates with the Champions League trophy during the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid at Estadio da Luz on May 24, 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal.  (P
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It would be disappointing for Arsenal to see the same happen with Morata. Wenger needs long-term attacking power, those who will improve the club's effectiveness right away and in the future, suggesting Morata could be a lost cause if terms are dictated by Madrid.

There's no doubt both he and Di Maria would have a huge impact in North London. The former could excel under Wenger's tutelage, while the latter's direct approach and creativity continues to excel. Let's not forget, Di Maria has also enjoyed spells of form alongside Mesut Ozil, who may wish to reunite with his old teammate sometime in the future.

Of course, should the Argentinian be available for transfer, Arsenal are likely to face an uphill battle for his signature, per Jonathan Johnson of ESPN FC:

Di Maria's performances at the World Cup could see Arsenal priced out of a move, even if they wish to defy Ancelotti's comments and bid for the player. Wenger needs a marquee signing to really push his squad on this summer, but right now, it doesn't look like that player is coming from Madrid.