There are more than a few raised eyebrows here at the Football Transfer Tavern as it is claimed by Caught Offside that Angel Di Maria has been offered to Manchester United.
In what seems a blatant move by Real Madrid to weaken the influence of ‘Team Mendes’ before coach Jose Mourinho departs, one of his staunchest allies has been told he can leave the club.
In fact, as one of our punters quips, it won’t be long now before Florentino Perez announces Iker Casillas as the new manager!
Winger Di Maria has often come under criticism by Mourinho but is still a major ally of the man who paid so much to bring him to the Spanish capital from Benfica and a move to follow the Portuguese manager to Chelsea is not out of the question either.
Sir Alex Ferguson has long been an admirer of Di Maria and given the player has effectively been offered to United in a cut price deal he could well replace the outgoing Nani after Fergie finally gave up on the misfiring winger.
Tottenham are also thought to be interested in Di Maria along with Gonzalo Higuain who has been mooted as part of a potential swap deal involving the sensational Gareth Bale.