Arsenal have made a bid of £25.6 million to sign Real Madrid play maker Angel Di Maria but must wait for Gareth Bale’s switch to Spain to be confirmed before finding out if they will get their man, according to reports in Goal.com.
The Argentina international appears to be surplus to requirements at Santiago Bernabeu after new manager Carlo Ancelotti brought in Isco earlier in the summer and is on the verge of signing Bale.
The report states that Gunners tabled a formal €30m (£25.6m) offer for Di Maria after securing qualification for the group stages of the Champions League on Tuesday night. But the bid has not yet been accepted and the Londoners will not be given the green light to hold personal talks with Di Maria until Real’s £86 m world-record signing of Bale is finally secured.
Real indicated earlier in theweek that they are willing to off-load the Argentine winger as they prepare to trim costs and free up space in the team for Bale. The offer from the Gunners was submitted on Tuesday evening, as soon as their place in the UEFA Champions League group stage was confirmed, and Arsene Wenger must now wait to speak to the player.
When permission is eventually granted, Wenger may have a difficult task convincing Di Maria to move to Emirates Stadium, as the Argentine is keen to fight for his place. Arsenal have also been linked with Di Maria’s Real Madrid team-mates Mesut Ozil and Karim Benzema.
Di Maria is a quality midfielder. He has an exquisite first touch, quick feet and an incredible burst of pace combine to make him a player that will be difficult to suppress, particularly considering his relentless engine. His left foot packs a rocket, allowing him to shoot from distance, while he also crosses excellently.
Di Maria is versatile, too. He played as a striker on couple of occasions and impressed by showing his range of passing that is somewhat lost when he plays on the wing. Arsenal can exploit this option and who would have the option of using him on the inside to accommodate Theo Walcott on the flank. He constantly tracks back when he losses the ball which will also help Arsenal defensively.
If Arsenal do sign Di Maria, it will go some way in satisfying Arsenal fans who have been waiting all summer to see some marquee signings at the emirates. The Gunners reportedly have a hefty war chest but have failed to spend any of it which have lead to the frustration among fans. Arsenal have only made 2 signings all summer and both of them have been free transfers. Even though player seems to be content in staying put Madrid seem to push him out to balance the books.
With just about 4 days remaining for the transfer deadline it would take nothing short of a miracle for Arsenal to sign some Marquee signings at this point of time. What do you say Gooners?