Manchester United have supposedly been handed a boost in their pursuit of Angel di Maria after Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti admitted that he does not know where the Argentine’s future lies.
Di Maria has been rumoured to be nearing the exit door at the Bernabeu all summer, as the arrivals of Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez mean that his first-team chances look limited.
As a result, it is thought that Di Maria is high on Louis van Gaal’s wishlist as he looks to strengthen his United squad in his first transfer window in charge at the club, and Ancelotti’s comments today will have done little to quieten down the speculation.
"I don't know what Di Maria has decided,” the Madrid boss said. “But I know that he's training and that he could help us in tomorrow's match. Until August 31 it will continue the same way and after that everything will be cleared up and things will return to normal."
United are known to be in the market for a winger, and Di Maria would fit in with the requisite attributes to play at Old Trafford.
The 26-year-old's energy, pace and skills would fit in perfectly with United’s current system. It is also thought to be one of the positions in need of an upgrade at Old Trafford.
The fact Di Maria, who is reportedly rated at £50 million by Madrid, is even touted to be available comes as somewhat of a surprise, and it would be some statement from the Red Devils if they are able to recruit him.
The former Benfica man was one of Madrid’s stars last season as they won La Decima – their 10th Champions League title – but it appears that he could be forced out because of the club’s usual craving for big-name players every summer.
There is a feeling that the departure of Di Maria could limit Los Blancos's functionality, despite all of their attacking prowess this season, but Madrid’s loss would certainly be United’s gain.
Van Gaal’s side lost their opening game of the Premier League season to Swansea City on Saturday, and it has sparked further questions of the current players' ability to return them to title contention.
The signing of Di Maria would certainly be a signal to their detractors that United could still attract big-names, and a player of his class would only enhance their chances of ensuring that they make it back to the top four.