Reports in the Spanish media claim Angel di Maria's agent, Jorge Mendes, believes his client will move to Manchester United during the summer transfer window. If such a move should come to fruition, the Real Madrid winger would instantly become United's top signing of the summer.
Per the Daily Star's Gary Jones, Mendes "expects his client to join Manchester United" just days after Di Maria admitted to AS he didn't know whether he would still be playing for Real Madrid, via The Independent's Charles Reynolds.
Di Maria said: “We do not know if I’ll stay in Madrid. I’m happy, but I’ll see what happens.”
According to the AS report, the winger is unhappy with the club for their courtship of 2014 World Cup breakout star James Rodriguez. Di Maria enjoyed a sensational season with Los Blancos in 2013-14, so his frustration for being passed over like that is perhaps understandable.
Per WhoScored.com, Di Maria had four goals and 17 assists in La Liga action last season, playing with three of the most statistically dominant players in the world ahead of him.
When you have Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema recording the vast majority of goals and assists for your club and you can still end up with 17 assists, that's mighty impressive.
Ronaldo started to struggle with health concerns toward the end of the season, and on several occasions, when Real needed someone to step up and deliver, it was the Argentine lefty who came through in the clutch.
His fantastic athleticism and tenacity when attacking the back line makes him very difficult to stop, and everything Di Maria does is in service of the team. He's a solid finisher, but he's at his best when he has space to run along the byline and pick out a team-mate in the centre of the box.
Give Di Maria the opportunity to go one-on-one out wide, and he will shine. With Manchester United, that's exactly what he would get.
Adnan Januzaj is the team's man for the future out wide, but whether he or Antonio Valencia would have to make way for the Argentina right now is a decision new coach Louis van Gaal would have to make. Valencia is the more experienced option; Januzaj's long-term potential probably gives him the edge.
Playing with Robin van Persie in the box and acres of space out wide, Di Maria would shine. No more playing second fiddle to Bale or Ronaldo—as a choice winger operating with nobody in front of him, he would have free reign over every inch of space.
Football.com UK's OffsideLiam would love to see the winger play for his favourite club:
Di Maria can do absolutely anything but use his right-foot, still, brilliant player, going to cry if he joins a BPL club that isn't United.— Liam (@OffsideLiam) June 25, 2014
Di Maria would add more than just pace to the club; he has been consistently productive for Real and was instrumental in the club finally winning La Decima.
He's an offensive weapon who would present an immediate upgrade over any of the club's current wingers, and paired with Januzaj, he could terrorise opposing full-backs for years to come.
Finding world-class wingers isn't easy, and it's not often they're just readily available on the transfer market. If Di Maria's agent is right and his client would fancy a move to United, the Red Devils have no choice but to make a deal, solidifying the winger position for the next half-decade.