Arsene Wenger is reportedly looking to add another marquee signing to his squad to follow the £42.5 million acquisition of Mesut Özil last season. And now another Real Madrid star is reported to be among his top targets.
Real Madrid and Argentina winger Angel Di Maria is weighing up offers from the Premier League with Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea all interested in the player.
Of the English clubs, Arsenal are reportedly going to make the biggest push to land Di Maria, while United are at a disadvantage because the player does not fancy living in Manchester. Whilst Chelsea are also known to be interested, Di Maria is indifferent about a reunion with Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge. However, the trio have been given a boost with reports suggesting Di Maria believes his game would be well suited to the Premier League.
But the trio of Premier League club could miss out on Di Maria as Paris Saint-Germain move to the front of the queue for his signature, according to reports.
The Argentina international, who scored an extra-time winner against Switzerland in the World Cup last-16 clash, was a pivotal part of Real Madrid’s season as they won their first Champions League title since 2002, thus enabling them to finally lay claim to ‘La Decima’ – their 10th European title.
Now Real’s desire to offload Di Maria has intensified in recent days as they line up a move for Monaco’s James Rodriguez. Rodriguez has been one of the stars of the World Cup and recently admitted it was his dream to join Real. Now the Spanish giants are now keen to tie up a deal for Rodriguez but would ideally like to offload Di Maria first.
Di Maria would reportedly be allowed to leave if Real Madrid received a fee similar to what Arsenal paid for Ozil a year ago in the region of £40 million, giving them a healthy profit on the £25 million they paid Benfica four years ago.
It now remains to be seen whether Arsenal, United or Chelsea can pull off a move for Di Maria or whether the player ends up plying his trade elsewhere next term.
And while a move to North London would appeal to the former Benfica midfielder with regular football guaranteed, PSG’s ability to offer a bumper wage package could blow the Gunners out of the water.