Real Madrid and Argentina star Angel di Maria is now as short as 2/5 (-250) to join Manchester United this summer. Heavily linked with a move away from the Bernabeu, di Maria has been tipped to become the highest profile signing of Louis van Gaal’s first transfer window at the club, after Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw joined the club.
With the out-of-form trio of Nani, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia currently being linked with moves away from the club, van Gaal has reportedly stated that a new recruit on the flanks in a high priority. Though Adnan Januzaj has shown a lot of potential and Wilfried Zaha and Jesse Lingard are eager to prove their worth at the club, United lack a world class winger that clubs such as Chelsea and Manchester City have at their disposal.
Reports also suggest that di Maria could be utilised in the number 10 role, should van Gaal favour a 5-3-2 formation for the upcoming season. From a fan’s perspective, I would like to see the Argentine played in his more familiar role on the wing, and Juan Mata to be utilised heavily in the upcoming season.
After a bleak 2013-14 season for United, it is great to see the club linked with such high profile moves. If Angel di Maria, who helped his Argentina side reach the World Cup Final (though he is likely to miss it), is fine with missing out on European football next season, he would be a huge signing for Louis van Gaal and restore hopes of a top four finish.
The Real Madrid winger has also been linked to the likes of Arsenal, PSG and Monaco, but has reportedly stated that a move to Old Trafford would be his preferred option. United are reportedly set to offer the winger a contract of around £150,000 per week before agreeing a fee with Madrid, which could be around the £40 million mark.
Real Madrid could use the funds to launch an assault on AS Monaco for Falcao and James Rodriguez, with the latter impressing massively at the World Cup. Should di Maria leave, Madrid have more-than-capable attacking talent such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Jese and Karim Benzema to name just a few, with Carlo Ancelotti likely to cash-in on the Argentine.