Arsenal have reportedly opened preliminary talks with Real Madrid over a £26 million deal for the acquisition of winger Angel di Maria, according to reports in Goal.com.
Real Madrid are reportedly ready to offload the Argentine international, especially with the imminent arrival of Gareth Bale. They have also signed Isco earlier this summer from Malaga which has led the top brass of Madrid consider the sale of Di Maria to balance the books.
Despite his stunning arrival to the Bernabeu, Di Maria has never really reached the level he was expected to when he was signed from Benefica. Too many big-name stars in his position, a couple of long injuries and the irregular form he has shown in the last two seasons have put him on the Madrid departures list.
Di Maria has scored 25 goals and provided 47 assists in 138 appearances for Real Madrid whom he signed for from Benfica but the Spanish giants would appear to be ready to sell the 25-year-old to make room for more signings. Maria is predominantly a left winger, he presses well from the front and uses his pace to take on defenders rather than just using it to run in behind, he seems to have a very good shot on him with quite a few lovely outside the box goals to his name.
He is a quality player that would strengthen the Arsenal front line. Arsenal currently don’t have any natural wingers in the squad except for Walcott and it seems he will add a cutting edge to our attack. The Argentinean is only 25 and is yet to reach his prime and still has a lot potential for Wenger to mould him into what he sees as perfect for the current Arsenal system.
We are struggling to create chances up front and it is due to the fact that we aren’t creating many chances from the wings and also the attacking midfield position which has indeed led to average performances from Giroud who is much more dangerous when he gets service from the Wings. With the departure of Gervinho and with Podolski being out of favour it makes perfect sense for Arsenal to sign an experienced winger such as Di Maria.
The move also makes perfect sense for him as he will earn more playing time as he aims for a favorable spot in Germany’s 2014 World Cup squad. The arrival of Di Maria would likely mean the end of Lukas Podolski’s days with Arsenal, at least for the time being as a few sources are suggesting that Arsenal will loan him to Schalke for one year. Hopefully this will just be the start of what will be a crucial few days for Arsenal if they want to get their season back on track.
Would you guys be interested in seeing Di Maria at the Emirates?