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.
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.
Mattia Destro’s agent has said that Chelsea are interested in a move for Italian sensation Mattia Destro, although a move for the Roma striker could prove unlikely, as reported by ITV Sport.
While there have been suggestions that Destro could move to Stamford Bridge as part of a swap deal to take Fernando Torres to the Stadio Olimpico, the agent denies that that is the case.
He also said Destro was keen to stay in Rome.
He did, however, admit that Chelsea have previously expressed an interest in signing Destro.
Destro’s agent said: “It’s true that Chelsea are interested in Mattia.
“But the reports regarding a swap deal have no foundation, it’s all speculation.
“Roma don’t want to sell Mattia and Mattia prefers to remain at Roma.”
Roma are not keen to lose the striker, however, and understandably: the 23-year-old was their top scorer last season, bagging 13 league goals as the Rome side finished second in Serie A, securing Champions League football in the process.
Destro has often been regarded as a top prospect in Italian football, but initially struggled for form after his move from Genoa in 2012. Last season, however, he hit the heights expected of him, alerting top clubs to his renewed talent.
Leeds United sporting director Nicola Salerno has commented that Leeds are continuing their negotiations for the signature of Adryan, the Brazilian youngster who has previously been given the nickname the ‘new Zico’, as reported by Emanuele Giulianelli.
Adryan signed a loan agreement with Cagliari last season, joining them temporarily from Flamengo, with Massimo Cellino negotiating an offer to permanently buy the 19-year-old. The Leeds owner reportedly rates the Brazilian very highly, and was keen to bring him into Elland Road.
Giulianelli did, however, also say that Leeds have not yet reached an agreement with either Cagliari or Flamengo over the move, and that the deal is complicated by the fact that there are three teams involved with arranging it.
Adryan would have to have his loan with Cagliari terminated before a separate agreement with Flamengo is reached over his transfer.
The youngster was previously scouted by a host of top sides in Europe, with a move by Manchester United being rebuffed by the player himself.
His pedigree led to him being given several nicknames, including the ‘New Zico’, the ‘New Kaka’ and being compared to current Brazil hero Neymar.