Manchester United Ready To Sell Di Maria And Sign Ex-Spurs Superstar
According to the Sunday Express, Manchester United are ready to shift 'flop' £60million signing Angel Di Maria and make an even more expensive move for Real Madrid's world record signing and former Spurs man Gareth Bale. Di Maria's form hasn't been that of a club record signing and even though it took other players like Mesut Özil time to adapt to the Premier League, Manchester United are believed to want to cut their losses. Bale has long been on United's radar and is the ultimate 'investment with a view to return' signing that Ed Woodward thinks about before he goes to sleep every night.
Di Maria, 27, is reportedly renting Phil Neville's apartment in Manchester and is hesitant to commit to buying a property because of his uncertain future. It's thought that Paris Saint-Germain, who were the other big player in the pursuit of Di Maria last summer, are still interested in the Argentinian. The sale of someone like Edinson Cavani or possibly even Marquinhos going the other way could see the Parisians take Di Maria off Man United's hands.
Gareth Bale's time in Madrid has been mixed. The player himself claims he is happy and has actually done very well there, already winning the Champions League and playing an influential role for Los Blancos. However, the fans have got on his back this season and they believe his selfishness is robbing their messiah Cristiano Ronaldo of even more glory (oh the irony). Man United were thought to be the English club closest to signing Bale when he left Spurs and may have actually had a deal in place before Real Madrid raised them.
Whatever happens, United fans can rest assured that one way or another their team will have quality in attack next season, whether it be a fit and firing Di Maria or a improved and developing Gareth Bale. But beyond all the glitz and glamour of world record signings and exciting attackers, United really should be focusing on their defence. Priorities, Louis.