Soccer— Transfers marketSunday, August 10, 2014
Man United wants Di María
The English side offers 68 million euros for the Argentine’s transfer
Just days after Paris Saint-Germain confirmed they had pulled out of negotiations to sign Ángel di María due to Real Madrid’s excessive demands, Manchester United have now swooped with a 68 million euros offer for the Argentina star.
MANCHESTER — Manchester United have offered Real Madrid £55m (68 million euros) for winger Ángel di María. Louis van Gaal is hoping he can pull off a terrific triple swoop as Manchester United look to sign Juventus’ Arturo Vidal, Real Madrid’s Di María and Roma’s Mehdi Benatia.
The Dutchman is determined to develop his newly-inherited squad after capturing Southampton’s Luke Shaw and Athletic Bilbao’s Ander Herrera in big-money moves, and Vidal’s protracted switch is picking up pace after it emerged that Old Trafford outcast Javier Hernandez is ready to join the Serie A champions.
Reports in Italy claim that the Turin giants are keen to add the Mexican to their ranks, smoothing the path for United to secure Vidal’s highly coveted signature.
However, the Red Devils are also planning to pair Vidal with Di María in midfield next season, and Van Gaal has launched a fresh £55million bid for the Argentina international’s services after Paris St-Germain dropped out of the race.
Di María is believed to be surplus to requirements at the Santiago Bernabeu following the signings of Toni Kroos and James Rodríguez, and Carlo Ancelotti is willing to let him leave for the Premier League as he considers United’s £55million proposal.
Van Gaal is ready to complete his summer spree with moves for Fiorentina’s Juan Cuadrado and Benatia, but could miss out on the powerful centre-back after Chelsea joined the race for his signature.
The Roma star can leave Italy for £30 million, and Blues boss Jose Mourinho is looking to hijack United’s bid with the offer of European football.
Elsewhere, Barcelona bolstered its defence yesterday by acquiring Belgium international Thomas Vermaelen from Premier League team Arsenal.
Vermaelen agreed to sign a five-year contract after passing a medical exam, Barcelona said. He will be presented at Camp Nou today.
Barcelona held off interest from Manchester United in Vermaelen to clinch an undisclosed deal with Arsenal that Spanish media reports said was around US$ 25.4 million.
Vermaelen joined Arsenal in 2009 from Dutch club Ajax and played 150 matches in six seasons, scoring 15 goals. He was the captain of Arsene Wenger’s side for the past two seasons despite only making 14 appearances last campaign.
Vermaelen is Barcelona’s fifth significant signing this summer after the Catalan club finished its first season without a major trophy in six years. Besides bringing back Rafina and Gerard Deulofeu from loans, Barcelona has also bought controversial forward Luis Suárez, midfielder Ivan Rakitic, and goalkeepers Marc-Andre Ter Stegen and Claudio Bravo.
Herald staff with websites