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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.