Could €60m Argentine be Van Gaal’s ‘Robben’ at United?

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Manchester United are ready to splash the cash on Angel Di Maria claim reports.

Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal is reportedly eyeing his third big-money transfer of the summer in the shape of Real Madrid star Angel Di Maria.

The 26-year-old is reportedly looking for a Real Madrid exit this summer and is said to have asked for a transfer, citing his reasons as feeling undervalued by the La Liga outfit.

A number of clubs have been linked with the Argentina wizard in recent months, though not many can afford the reported €60 million which Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is after.

According to Spanish newspaper AS, however, two clubs in the shape of Man United and Paris Saint-Germain can and both are willing to pay such an amount which would smash Spain’s all-time high record transfer sale.

“If the Argentine doesn’t change his mind, Di Maria will abandon Madrid this summer and he will do it becoming the most expensive sale in the history of Spanish football, equalling or surpassing the €60 million which Barcelona gained from the sale of Luis Figo to Real Madrid in 2000. And this is the fee which Manchester United and PSG are willing to pay for him.” Reports AS.

Angel Di Maria has proven over the past six months that he is capable of playing in a midfield trio or out in his natural position on the wing. He possesses astonishing speed, ball control and dribbling skills.

Arguably his best attribute, however, is to exploit the space and wreak havoc on the counterattack – similar to that of Holland’s Arjen Robben.

The Dutch international has been phenomenal so far at this World Cup, and that is largely down to Louis Van Gaal getting the best out of him.

At Bayern Munich, Pep Guardiola’s renowned passing style makes it difficult for Robben to have counterattacking opportunities.

Van Gaal, on the other hand, cleverly sees that his star player needs space to manoeuvre and by playing a deeper midfield and a more direct style it allows him the opportunity to pick up the ball and drive at the opposition defence.

Carlo Ancelotti adopts a similar direct approach at Real Madrid, and the results certainly show the effects as Di Maria totalled 17 La Liga assists in 27 starts for the club – the highest amount of assists produced by any player in Europe’s top five leagues.

With this in mind, as Louis Van Gaal shapes his Manchester United team next season his love for counterattacking football can only be maximised and used to perfection if the team possesses a superfast Arjen Robben-type player.

Do United currently have a player of this ilk? No, they don’t. Can Angel Di Maria do the job? Absolutely, yes.

The Old Trafford side may only have this one opportunity to conclude such a ground-breaking deal and if that means smashing both their own and the Spanish transfer record then it must be done.

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