It was inevitable there would be more reports linking Manchester United with a move for Angel di Maria after Carlo Ancelotti revealed he handed in a transfer request and less than 24 hours later, beIN Sports have reported United are closing in a deal for Di Maria.
Madrid’s decision to announce Di Maria had submitted a transfer request is indicative of their desire to sell the Argentinian winger and puts United, and any other club who are interested in signing him, in a stronger position to negotiate.
Whether or not Di Maria has only recently handed in a request is unknown but what is clear is that Madrid are happy to sell Di Maria and want to do so.
These latest reports from beIN Sports sound promising but it isn’t the first time beIN Sports have said United are closing in on Di Maria as back in July, they were running with the same storyline. Elsewhere, Metro have been guilty of falsifying rumours from Marca which has previously fuelled speculation. Meanwhile, Ian Ladyman reports Di Maria tops Van Gaal’s wishlist.
What we do know is that the director of beIN Sports is Nasser Al-Khelaifi who is Paris St Germain’s current president, something which could suggest there is an agenda behind beIN Sports’ reports with United. Could they potentially trying to disrupt United’s pursuit of Di Maria by exerting public pressure on any negotiations?
There are only ten days left in the transfer window now but with United so desperate to sign players, the Di Maria story is unlikely to go away now that Real Madrid revealed his transfer request.