Arsenal FC are reportedly interested in acquiring the services of Real Madrid winger Angel di Maria
Reports indicate that the Argentine winger is surplus to requirements at the Santiago Bernabeu and also suggest that Arsenal and Manchester City are both weighing up a move for the 26-year-old in the summer. They are likely to face competition from AS Monaco and Paris Saint Germain, while Manchester United were also interested in the services of the player a while ago and might show resurgent interest.
Reports also claim that Arsenal have “already contacted Real” to ask about possibility of a move, although Di Maria’s Argentina teammate Sergio Aguero is (allegedly) trying to influence his compatriot to move to the Etihad. The team which wants to acquire him would have to pay at least £29m to Real Madrid.
Arsenal’s squad, which unfortunately forever seems blighted by injury, needs reinforcement in the summer as Wenger would be keen to not fall short of a title challenge next season because of lack of depth in the squad. Although Di Maria’s preferred playing position is that on the flanks, with Bale’s arrival, the Argentinian has proved that he can be deployed as an attacking midfielder. His amazing energy levels and ability to move forward with finesse and panache complement Arsenal’s free flowing style.
The expensive purchase of Di Maria would have been unfathomable but the fact that Arsene Wenger spent £42.4 million last summer to acquire Real Madrid’s Mesut Ozil indicates that the Frenchman would be willing to spend a good amount of money for a proven talent.
The arrival of Bale had reportedly unsettled the 26 year old but he claimed that he wanted to fight for his place when he said:
“I want to win my place in the team. I have been through some difficult days. I am just thinking about Real Madrid and I am still working hard. I have to keep going and try to earn a place in the team.”
The marquee signing of Bale obviously meant that the Welshman would directly fit in the starting 11 of the Madrid team. Di Maria’s preferred right wing spot was subsequently usurped by Bale and the Argentine faced the risk of being just a sporadic first team player. But obviously aware of Di Maria’s capabilities and potential, Carlo Ancelotti employed him in the attacking midfielder role alongside Luka Modric and ahead of Xabi Alonso.
However Di Maria’s pace and ability to take on defenders and the fact that he has spent most of his career out on the flanks makes his preferred position that of a winger, and hence he might be tempted to join the Premier League giants.