The question is, which of the two Manchester giants would best suit the Argentine? Both Manchester United and archrivals Manchester City are reportedly chasing his signature this summer, amidst speculation he will likely be sold by Real Madrid.
Real Madrid midfielder Angel Di Maria has dismissed a reunion with Jose Mourinho at Chelsea but has yet to distance himself from speculation he could be on his way to Manchester this summer.
The 25-year-old winger is exceptionally technically gifted – his control and passing along with his skill and creativity make him one of the most sought-after attackers this summer, should he be moved on from the Spanish capital.
He is also versatile – whilst he has been deployed as a winger, he is also capable in a central attacking midfield role such is his talent. He scored 9 goals and notched up 17 assists last term for Los Blancos and, as he enters the peak years of his career, he’d be a great addition to any manager’s team.
The likely incoming of Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City could be a great draw for potential new signings – however, the recent news that City have agreed terms with Sevilla to sign Jesus Navas would mean Di Maria may have more competition for his position should he move to the Etihad.
He’s unlikely to oust David Silva as City’s primary playmaker and, at present, Pellegrini inherits a squad that boasts the likes of Samir Nasri, James Milner, Gareth Barry, Yaya Toure and Jack Rodwell – never mind the incoming Fernandinho.
It’s hard to see Di Maria getting access to regular starts at City – unless of course they sell Nasri, which has been suggested in recent months – he would be far more important if he signed for United.
The retirement of Paul Scholes, along with the slow phasing out of Ryan Giggs means there is definitely a lack of creativity in United’s midfield and their wingers have, in my estimation, underperformed this term.
Nani is heavily linked with a departure from Old Trafford, as is Anderson, whilst there must be serious reservations for David Moyes over the form and fitness of both Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young who have been inconsistent this term.
Tom Cleverley has developed well but is still not the finished article and Wayne Rooney’s future hangs in the balance at present – currently that leaves only Shinji Kagawa who, despite a promising debut season for the Red Devils, cannot possibly be tasked with doing everything all on his own next term.
A signing like Angel Di Maria is exactly what United need at this moment – they have an obvious void left by Scholes and probably Giggs soon, the likely departures of Nani and Anderson and possibly Rooney.
City have a wealth of options in the Argentine’s preferred positions and it’s hard to see where he’d make it into the team on a regular basis at the Etihad, such is the abundance of midfield talent Pellegrini will likely inherit.
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