The Di Maria transfer rumors heating up

May 18, 2010

Manchester United face competition for Di Maria from Real Madrid under Mourinho

According to Spanish daily AS, Real Madrid will look to steal Argentinian winger Angel Di Maria from under Manchester United ‘s noses, should Jose Mourinho take over at the Bernabeu.

The 22 year-old has enjoyed a fantastic season at the Portugese champions Benfica, scoring nine goals and contributing sixteen assists in 40 games. Di Maria is expected to shine during this summer’s World Cup for Argentina.

Manchester United have long been linked with Di Maria, especially with Old Trafford boss Sir Alex Ferguson thought to be looking for a long term replacement for Ryan Giggs. Di Maria is a left-sided player with excellent speed and technique.

However, Real Madrid will also try to capture Di Maria’s signature, especially as his agent Jorge Mendes has a close relationship with the club and negotiated Cristiano Ronaldo ‘s world record move last summer from Manchester United .

In addition, this morning’s AS reports that should Jose Mourinho take over at Real Madrid , he has highlighted Di Maria as a prime transfer target. They also report that Manchester United are prepared to bid 44 million Euros for Di Maria, although their bid may now be scuppered by the ‘special one’.