by Lewis Ambrose
According to Fichajes.net, Arsène Wenger wants Angel Di Maria – who Manchester United would be willing to sell this summer.
The Argentine international cost a British record fee of £59.7M last summer, but endured a disappointing first season at Old Trafford. Despite a good start, Di Maria quickly lost form and was eventually dropped.
Louis van Gaal’s side recaptured form as the season went into the later months, but by then Di Maria was out of the side with Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini, Ashley Young and Juan Mata establishing themselves in the sort of positions the former Real Madrid fan would usually be found in.
Now, as they look to rebuild, Manchester United are allegedly happy to sell the Argentinian after just one year at the club.
Arsène Wenger has been interested in him before and, according to this report, has made him a priority for this summer as he looks to strengthen his Arsenal side.
Fichajes claim that Manchester United are willing to sell and, though he would cost a lot, the price would be more than affordable for Arsenal – who could even make an offer in the near future. Arsène Wenger is allegedly willing to make an effort for the player as he thinks it would benefit the team hugely.
Arsenal are pushing for major honours again this season to build on two consecutive FA Cup wins, and Di Maria – who starred in Real Madrid’s Champions League success in 2014 – would be seen as the sort of player who can elevate us to another level.
While that all sounds well and good I just cannot see it happening. Last season Danny Welbeck scored at Old Trafford and, given their current situation, they would probably take him back right now. There’s no way they will let us sign a player like Di Maria.
After just one year at the club they shouldn’t give up on him – he really is world class. Even if they do give up on him the likes of PSG and Bayern Munich are said to be interested, so they would be foolish to sell to another English club. Even if Wenger did want him.
Then again, it is Ed Woodward…