Manchester United will fund a sensational transfer for Real Madrid's Gareth Bale this summer by selling record-signing Angel Di Maria, according to the Daily Express.
The £59.7m winger Di Maria has struggled for form in recent weeks. The Argentine has now gone 11 appearances for the club without scoring, since netting in the final minute against Yeovil in the FA Cup tie back in January. Bale has been along-term target of United's, and it appears they will have to sell Di Maria to secure any deal for the player who signed for Real for £86m in 2013.
The players Arsenal nearly signed
The players Arsenal nearly signed
1/7 Harry Kane
Arsenal supporting Harry Kane was on the books at Arsenal but aged eight was allowed to leave, making his breakthrough season at local rivals Tottenham all the more harder to take.
2/7 Zlatan Ibrahimovic
A fee had been agreed for the then 19-year-old but then Wenger requested that the Swede play in a trial match. The mercurial striker replied he didn't 'do auditions' and went on to win league titles with every club he ever played at.
3/7 Didier Drogba
Now a Chelsea legend, Wenger revealed that he could have signed the Ivorian for just £100,000 when the striker was playing for Le Mans. Drogba was watched many times before eventually being overlooked.
4/7 Angel Di Maria
Wenger had the chance to sign Angel Di Maria for absolutely nothing when the Argentinian was a 17-year-old. But work permit issues got in the way and he ended up at Manchester United for £59.7, via Benfica and Real Madrid.
5/7 Yaya Toure
With his brother Kolo at the club at the time, the Ivorian featured for Arsenal in a friendly against Barnet. But work permit issues got in the way and the winner of multiple African player of the year awards eventually ended up at Barcelona and then Manchester City.
6/7 Cristiano Ronaldo
The three-time winner of the Ballon d'Or was apparently shown around Arsenal's training camp at London Colney and even given a shirt with his name on the back. But Manchester United stole in after seeing Ronaldo rip them apart during a friendly with Sporting Lisbon.
7/7 Petr Cech
Arguably the most consistent goalkeeper ever to play in the Premier League was heavily scouted by Arsenal but when the possibility of signing him from Sparta Prague was raised work permit issues got in the way. Cech also claims that Arsenal's chief scout at the time had reservations about his ability.
Ings can only better for City?
Manchester City are leading the race for Burnley striker Danny Ings, whose contract at Turf Moor expires at the end of the season, according to the Daily Express. Liverpool and Real Sociedad are also interested in the player.
Because Ings is under 24, the fee would be decided by a tribunal if there was no agreement.
'Heartbeat' of City's midfield?
Paul Pogba's agent has claimed he could sell the much-coveted midfielder to Manchester City "in a heartbeat".
Mino Raiola has said that a bid of £72m would be needed to secure the transfer of the 21-year-old Frenchman, who had previously played for City's rivals Manchester United.
"We made a pact with Juve: Paul doesn't have to leave," representative Mino Raiola told Tuttosport.
"I spoke to president Andrea Agnelli, directors Pavel Nedved, Beppe Marotta and Fabio Paratici, so they all agree. The club doesn't need the money.
"He is wanted by seven clubs and that is certain, because they all told me so. The ones that can afford him are Real Madrid, Barcelona, PSG, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.
"If I just whistled, I'd sell Pogba tomorrow to PSG or City in a heartbeat. But Paul did not tell me to find him another club. As of today, it's 99 per cent [Pogba will stay at Juventus].
"Juve agree with our approach, which is that they will only sell if Paul asks to leave and there's a suitable offer. Of course, it could become one per cent, it depends on the market."
When in Rome
Roma are planning a bid for Manchester City midfielder James Milner, according to the Daily Star. The report claims that the Serie A side will offer the England international, who is in the final six months of his contract, a £100,000 a week three-year contract.Reuse content