Manchester United have reportedly made a €60 million bid for Real Madrid's Angel Di Maria, according to the Spanish press.
AS report on Monday morning that both Manchester United and PSG have offered 60 million euros to Real Madrid in order to sign Angel Di Maria.
New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has expressly asked for Di Maria and whether he arrives at Old Trafford or PSG, Di Maria will become one of the best paid players in world football.
AS suggests Arsenal, Manchester City and Monaco are also looking to acquire the versatile forward, but won't offer more than €50 million to secure the deal. Di Maria's valuation isn't destined to move any higher after the Los Blancos star posted an indifferent World Cup with Argentina before being ruled out of the semi-final clash with the Netherlands due to injury, per Sky Sports News:
Angel Di Maria is OUT of Argentina's World Cup semi-final against the Netherlands - we'll have more on this next #SSN— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) July 7, 2014
Louis van Gaal may be thankful to know his Dutch side don't have to face a player who has become increasingly important at club level. Di Maria's development has rocketed under Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti, who regularly slotted him into central midfield during the 2013-14 campaign.
This was largely to accommodate the former Benfica star into the same side as Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, but the switch has uncovered extra facets to the potentially outgoing player's game. Di Maria's energy is ceaseless. His willingness to dribble directly and track opponents has been consistently noticeable at the World Cup, especially in the searing heat.
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Unfortunately for the world-class forward, another World Cup star's rise to prominence galvanises the notion he will be sold. James Rodriguez exited the tournament as top goalscorer with Colombia after netting six strikes in five games with Los Cafeteros, a run that caught Real Madrid's eye, reported by Adam Shergold of the Daily Mail.
United are also said to be interested in Rodriguez, but the player recently admitted Premier League football "is maybe a bit physical" at this point in his career, per Alex Richards of the Daily Mirror. This leaves Real Madrid with a straight shot at his signature, thus moving Di Maria's potential exit along as well.
It must be noted that Di Maria could be used as a makeshift in a Real Madrid deal to land Paul Pogba, per Marca. Such a move would see two reported United targets move off the market, as noted by Rhys Turrell of the Daily Star.
Van Gaal is also said to be interested in landing Arturo Vidal from Juventus, reported by Stuart Mathieson of the Manchester Evening News. The Turin-based club allegedly want a cash-plus-Nani deal for their Chilean superstar, an agreement that would open up a slot for Di Maria on United's wing. As noted by Peter Hall of Sky Sports, a hefty sum and part-player exchange would be favourable for both clubs:
£45million + Nani for Vidal? A snip. Great business for Juventus too. Time for Arturo to seek pastures new. #MUFC— Peter Hall (@PeteHall86) July 7, 2014
United will be hoping UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules may grip hold of PSG in the battle for Di Maria. The Parisian club have already spent in the region of £50 million on David Luiz this summer after receiving sanctions for breaching the guidelines during its first year, per Sky Sports.
The Old Trafford faithful can expect at least one marquee name added to the lineup before the beginning of next season. Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw represent quality signings so far, but many will be looking for an individual star to be implemented with haste.
Van Gaal's reported pursuit of Di Maria could certainly lead to an exciting partnership, especially when you consider the manager's tactical versatility and the player's new-found adaptability.