Real Madrid have apparently demanded a fee of £75 million for the signature of Angel Di Maria, with the Spanish giants taking advantage of the Old Trafford club’s apparent desperation to add a marquee player this summer, as reported by Spanish football expert Graham Hunter.
— Graham Hunter (@BumperGraham) August 24, 2014
Manchester United started the season off with a painful loss against Swansea City at Old Trafford, with Louis van Gaal’s first game in charge ending in a 2-1 loss. Fans have reacted very negatively since, and there have been increasing demands for the Manchester side to actually move for world class players before the window is out.
With Di Maria a target, Real Madrid might have sensed the blood in the water. Ancelotti has previously spoken of the importance of Di Maria to Real, but is clearly willing to part with him for a fee well above his realistic value.
It remains to be seen whether Man Utd will agree to that amount, but it would be unsurprising if Ed Woodward was taken in by the need to move for someone big soon.