Manchester Unitd and Arsenal handed boost in Di Maria pursuit

Angel Di Maria will have tests on a potential groin tear tomorrow, which could rule him out of the World Cup this summer.

Manchester United and Arsenal may have just been given a huge boost in their pursuit of Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria.

The Argentinian picked up a groin injury in last night’s 1-1 draw against Real Valladolid and the initial prognosis from pro-Madrid source AS suggests it could be a bad one which sees Di Maria ruled out of the World Cup.

“Di María’s involvement in Lisbon is also in doubt after experiencing discomfort in his hip and picking up a groin injury. The player fears that he has a tear, which would rule him out of the final against Atlético Madrid and potentially also the World Cup. The players will undergo tests on Friday,” reads the AS report.

Arsenal have a direct need for a player like Di Maria, with a position available down their left hand side, which would release Lukas Podolski to go and support Olivier Giroud up front.

Manchester United have several players who can play down the left of their team but they continue to be linked with the player, as reports gather pace that Louis van Gaal will be announced as their next coach some time next week.

If, and it’s a big if until those tests take place, Di Maria is ruled out of the World Cup this summer then it could make him easier for either side to get their hands on.

If Di Maria’s focus is taken away from the World Cup through injury then it allows him to focus on himself and his playing career and the possibility that he may not be a Real Madrid player next season.

Di Maria has prospered under the guidance of Carlo Ancelotti over the second half of this season but he has been routinely booed and jeered by Real Madrid fans throughout the campaign.

That’s likely to have left a lasting impression on him and if United or Arsenal can meet the reported £25 million asking price for the winger then it’s a move he could consider.

Ancelotti has made no secret of the fact that he doesn’t want to sell Di Maria but there may have to be departures at Real Madrid this summer in order to get some high profile players coming in.

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