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Arsenal likely to be left behind in €50m bidding war

Arsenal's chances of signing Angel di Maria face an uphill climb.

Angel di Maria was the unsung hero as Real Madrid won the Champions League at the weekend.

It was his mazy and determined run which led to Gareth Bale's game-turning second goal, setting Madrid on course for La Decima.

Di Maria has been linked with a move away from Real throughout the season, and at one point in January angered fans with a gesture as he was substituted.

Now the situation has been turned on it's head, with Madridistas desperate for him to stay, yet his performance is only likely to strengthen the resolve of those interested in signing him.

The Argentine has been linked with Arsenal ever since last summer, but a report in Spanish newspaper Marca indicates the Gunners would fall short in the chase for his signature. 

They write: "The teams pushing the hardest to sign him are French clubs PSG and Monaco, Premier League outfits Arsenal, City and United, and Serie A side Juventus. In the case of a bidding war, offers on the table could reach the €50m mark."

This figure would almost certainly rule out Arsenal, and leave Di Maria prone to moving to one of the Ligue 1 sides most likely to pay such an extortionate fee.

Arsenal are claimed to have made a bid, but as offers mount from PSG and Monaco, also said to have done so, the estimated figure of €50 million is expected to be beyond the Gunners, when the largest portion of their money will be directed towards buying a striker.

The winger is a stunning player, but the price mentioned is surely beyond what Arsenal would be willing to pay. He has already been touted as a top target for new Monaco coach Leandro Jardim.

They have the cash of course, but just because Arsene Wenger spent a similar amount on Mesut Ozil last summer, does not mean they are likely to every summer on a single player, especially as the Gunners boss is very particular about not paying over the odds for what he considers a player's true value. Wenger has also previously stated he is unwilling to get into bidding wars with PSG or Monaco for players.

Considering the backlash in Madrid last season when Ozil was sold to Arsenal, it's doubtful given Di Maria's popularity at present, the Spanish giants would tempt fate again by selling to the same side.

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