Another day, another Chelsea transfer rumour. If things continue like this it’ll be easier to report on the individuals that Chelsea are not interested in than those they are! This time Abramovich is renewing his interest in Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria.
The Blues were linked to the 24 year old Argentinan back in January, but Jose Mourinho blocked the move which was thought to be worth £38m reported The Mail. At that time the forward was reportedly struggling to agree a new pay rise at the Bernabeu after being unhappy with his £1.65m salary.
The winger has represented Argentina at under 20, under 23 and at senior level. He has scored five goals in 27 appearances at senior level. For Los Blancos he has made 74 appearances contributing 15 goals and has 33 assists to his name.
Real signed Di Maria from Benfica for £25m in 2010 but are thought to be due to pay an extra £10m on the deal based on appearances.
So what’s new with the story since January? Well nothing really. Di Maria is still unhappy his wage demands are not being met at Madrid. He is currently looking to double his salary to £80,000 a week after turning down a renewed effort by Mourinho to keep him with a salary of £70,000.
Roman must sense the opportunity to acquire the winger at a discount as it is thought Chelsea have now dropped their proposal down to a meer £35m from the £38m they were offering in January according to The Sun. Although maybe this is an attempt to save a bit of money so the Blues are better able to cope with his ridiculous wage demands in the future.
Di Maria’s disciplinary record has to be a concern too. He was sent off for Argentina when they were humiliatingly beat 6-1 by Bolivia in a World Cup qualifier receiving a four match ban, and in a Real game against Levante earlier this season he horribly fouled Juanfran sparking a mass brawl.
With all the big clubs looking to spend big again this summer I really worry for the smaller clubs. It might come to the point where some of us have to don some boots and sign up for the Stevenages’s and Morecambe’s of this world, with the big clubs signing anyone who even looks to have ability.
With Liverpool spending £35m on a player who has resorted to flailing around like a tasered giraffe and Chelsea spending £50m on a striker that up to recently couldn’t score, I think that I must be worth around a grand to make up the numbers, stand in the way a little and be an obstacle that the millionaires have to run round.
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