Angel di Maria has done everything he has been asked to at Real Madrid and was one of their three best players last season, but he still does not seem to have a future at the European champions.
Madrid wanted to sell the Argentina international winger last summer, but coach Carlo Ancelotti intervened and retained his services. It proved to a great decision as the 26-year-old went on to make himself an integral part of the team and a key factor in their Champions League triumph.
However, just like last summer, this time too the former Benfica star’s future has been cast into doubt. Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain both have been strongly linked with moves for Di Maria, but in recent days, the French giants appear to have edged ahead of the Red Devils in the race to sign one of the best players in the world.
Arsenal were also linked with Di Maria earlier in the summer, and newly signed Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero believes that the winger would be a great hit in the Premier League.
‘[Di Maria's] way of playing and his pace would make him a success’, the 32-year-old told Goal.com. ‘He'd shine... He shut the mouths of many journalists in Spain who doubted his talents. I think he would shine in any league’.
Caballero, who recently moved from Malaga to English champions City, has faced Di Maria a number of times over the course of the past four seasons and would know his calibre.
Di Maria does not appear to be very strong physically and does not have a ‘Galactico’ or ‘big star’ air about himself. What he has is quality, and has that in abundance, as he showed last season in which he was actually better than Madrid’s record signing Gareth Bale.
Which is perhaps why Ancelotti is reportedly keen on retaining him, and why United should do their best to sign him if he is eventually put up for sale by Madrid.
Louis van Gaal’s side need to have top-class wide players, as it has been proved time and time again that the likes of Ashley Young, Nani and Antonio Valencia simply do not have that quality. Di Maria has, which is why United should pay the wages he demands and the transfer fee Madrid want.
But perhaps that ship has sailed. With PSG in the running for his signature, United could well miss out. After all, the Ligue 1 champions can offer Di Maria Champions League football and also meet Madrid’s transfer fee demands.