Angel Di Maria: Did Louis van Gaal drop hint that he's interested in signing Real Madrid winger?
Manchester United boss had high praise for Argentina man
Louis van Gaal may have dropped a hint that he is interested in signing Real Madrid and Argentina winger Angel Di Maria.
The Manchester United boss suggested that his squad lacks balance and that a high-class winger is on his transfer agenda.
Van Gaal is looking to rebuild his squad with United desperate to finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League next season.
After the blockbuster arrival of James Rodriguez from Monaco, Di Maria looks surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu with Carlo Ancelotti able to choose between Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, who last week signed a new deal until 2019.
United have been linked with numerous players this season, while some reports suggest up to seven players could leave Old Trafford before the window shuts at the end of August.
But Ed Woodward and Van Gaal have insisted that United are prepared to spend heavily, but only on the right players.
"It is a strategy of Manchester United to do that," the Dutchman told the Sunday Mirror. "At this moment, we have five No 9s and four No 10s – and we don’t have wingers to give us attacking width.
"Or, I should say, we don't have wingers of the highest level, like [Cristiano] Ronaldo or Di Maria or somebody like that. So, I have to play in another way – and you have seen that already. I only buy when I think we need to buy – in the position that is necessary."
Juan Cuadrado is another winger that has been consistently linked with a move to the club.
With PSG announcing they are out of the running for Di Maria - they can't afford him because of FFP - Monaco are the only club being linked with a move at the moment.
The Ligue 1 club were reported to have made a €55m bid last week.
Latest in Sport
Paul Scholes: Manchester United vs Liverpool - I don't understand why Brendan Rodgers was not more attacking against Basel
Jesus Christ plays for Chelsea - that's what one in five children thinks
Transfer Talk: Nemanja Vidic to return to Manchester United; Hazard to leave Chelsea; Sunderland want Radamel Falcao
Frank Warren column: Don't bet on Amir Khan landing pay day against Floyd Mayweather
Manchester United transfer news: Kevin Strootman move edges closer
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food