€45m bid readied for Arsenal target Di Maria, Europe's most in-demand player

Angel Di Maria for Argentina against Brazil

Arsenal transfer target Angel di Maria is available at a hefty price, according to a report.

Forget Cesc Fabregas, whose possible transfer destinations appear narrowed down to the Premier League - One in-demand La Liga star is wanted across Europe.

That's Real Madrid's Champions League hero Angel di Maria, who in public sounds very happy to continue at the Bernabeu, but behind the scenes it is suggested that it could be a different story.

The Argentine is wanted by Arsenal, and both Manchester clubs, while Ligue 1 side Monaco are perhaps best positioned in terms of finances to pull off a deal.

A surprise name has entered the bidding however, with Serie A side Juventus claimed to be seriously interested in signing Di Maria.

Spanish newspaper El Confidencial writes that Di Maria's powerful agent Jorge Mendes is working on a deal, and has met with the Juventus hierarchy to move it along.

Juventus are being linked with making a €45 million offer, and even said to be serious with meeting his €6 million salary demands.

"Jorge Mendes, agent for former Benfica star, met last Thursday in Turin with the leaders of Juventus, who moved an offer of a five-year contract to six million euros per season, that amount is not Real Madrid willing to reach when making a contract renewal from within."

The Serie A champions are said to be desperate to make a headline signing this summer after crashing out at the Champions League group stages last season, and appear to be short of luck when it comes to Alexis Sanchez, who Barcelona's president said a fortnight ago that he wants to keep.

Juventus have struggled in the market in recent seasons, and their heavy interest in the pricey Di Maria may indicate there is some leeway for Paul Pogba or Arturo Vidal to leave, as has been suggested, with Real Madrid said to be keen on both.

If Arsenal's rumoured interest in Di Maria is solid, then this is further indication he is on the market and a move, likely to happen after the World Cup, could yet see them get involved.

If Mendes strikes out with Juventus, he could just turn up in North London in an effort to see what the Gunners can offer his client.

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