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Financial Fair Play: Transfer News
Good morning ladies and gentlemen and welcome to our special coverage of the Angel Di Maria transfer saga that pits friend against foe in a transfer war that promises to cause upsets, arguments and maybe even debauchery!
Today we look at the contenders for the talented Argentine's signature and assess just how likely is it that he will end up at any of these prestigious clubs and whether or not he would fit into their set up...
We start with Division 1 Champions Bayern Munich who narrowly missed out on Angel Di Maria last season after Real Madrid *naughty naughty* got their accountants to fiddle the books to afford him. Unfortunately for them they were caught in the act and FFP's Board have enforced his sale for a reduced fee.
Being the champions, and currently leading the league by 1 point, puts them in an attractive position for most players however with the squad brimming with already very talented players many fans and pundits across the world question whether or not it makes any sense for Bayern to add yet ANOTHER midfielder/winger into the mix.
With Fabregas, Busquets, Reus, Muller, Gotze, Rodriguez all in the initial squad for the season and having recently signed Henderson, Coutinho, Rode, Depay and Messi who all can operate in similar positions to Di Maria one wonders how much of a difference he could make to their squad and whether or not they need new addition to an already packed midfield selection.
Suspicions have been raised further that Bayern Munich are already preparing for life without Di Maria having brought Coutinho in from Manchester United for a massive £39m despite the Manchester club only paying £22m for the Brazilian. A known Liverpool fan, could Kopstar be put off by Di Maria's United heritage?
Di Maria would undoubtably do well at Bayern Munich, IF he were to get game time, however one can't help but feel that the Bavarian club are so well stocked in his position that it wouldn't make sense for him to join for first team football. Bayern will likely feel hard done by if they miss out but perhaps the recent additions of Lionel Messi and Coutinho might just soften the blow. It might be surprising to see Di Maria choose to compete with so many players over another attractive Division 1 offer. If he does move though surely Bayern would look to offload one of their big star midfielders to make room, reports suggest Mario Gotze could be that man.
Paris Saint Germain
Money bags PSG are well known for their lucrative spending yet unusually this Season have hit the headlines for their sales having already let star midfielders Yaya Toure and Koke leave to Barcelona and Arsenal for £53m each.
Despite this PSG have made moves in the market to replace their midfielders, Blaise Matuidi joined from Arsenal for £33m and will no doubt fill the hole left by Koke and only this morning has a bid for want-away Kevin Strootman been accepted from Manchester Untied who could comfort their ill equipped midfield with Toure's departure. However, while they provide some relief for fans, it would be naive to think either of these players are seen as the real remedy. With a big transfer budget and some room for wages, the symptoms are clear and that means only one thing.
Diagnosis; PSG are interested in Di Maria.
Now given that they have recently lost Toure an Ivorian sized hole needs filling, the power and skill of Toure is hard to find with Paul Pogba arguably being the closest thing around, so going for the whippet that is Di Maria seems incredibly unconventional.
Despite this a transfer to PSG would make sense for both club and player in many ways. Di Maria will not want to drop down into Division 2 and PSG have had 3 seasons in the top flight now and Di Maria will want a starting role, which PSG can offer to him.
However with PSG positioned in the bottom 2 of the league Di Maria must strongly consider how secure their place is in the Division with the early signs not looking too promising. Could their poor start prove costly?
PSG can offer Di Maria a staring role in their squad and Division 1 football... for now. With the club looking likely to be involved at the wrong end of the table this season, he might think twice about how that staring role might not shine so brightly in the near future.
The smallest of all clubs involved in the hunt for Di Maria, Athletic Club face a monumental task to bring such a talented midfielder to the club. Their Division 2 title winning campaign has been supplemented by a bright start to their Division 1 season with 2 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses, historically being the form of mid table survivors.
With their promotion Athletic Club has found Division 1 to be a very attractive prospect for players, particularly Spanish ones, who are thought to be lining up to join the club. Santi Cazorla and Iker Casillas have been heavily linked to the club after the signing of Gabi and of course the presence of Alonso with the transfer listing of Valdes. The manager Raahizar even confirmed these links if a bid for Di Maria fails which will no doubt have put the clubs who own Cazorla and Casillas on high alert and could see other clubs look to sneak in and pip them to their back ups.
The interest from the manager is very much public knowledge and having not bothered to pursue other attractive targets like Isco, Digne and Lacazette it is clear the club are set on Di Maria. Many fans have questioned why more achievable targets like Isco and Lacazette were not pursued and captured first, knowing that they would provide some youth and quality in key areas. With the club being new to the Division however only time will tell if their insistence will pay off.
Di Maria will probably see Bayern Munich and PSG are more attractive destinations with both clubs having a history in the top Division however stranger things have happened. In many ways missing out on Di Maria could be a huge blessing for Athletic Club who could then secure Cazorla and a better GK in Casillas with change left over to pursue more top players. For a club just entering the Division it is perhaps best for them to add 2 quality additions over one.
Manchester United are the surprise package in the saga having recently sold Coutinho for £39m to Bayern Munich and Kevin Strootman to Paris Saint Germain for £18m the club has got both transfer and wage budget space to seriously contend for his signature.
Di Maria left the club in Season 1 for a monumental £65m offer which manager Ben C very reluctantly accepted with his admiration for the player being very well known. His public display of sadness upon Di Maria's sale will no doubt have made a lasting impression on the player who knows at United he'll be loved.
Manchester United already has many world class players at the club, like Bayern Munich, with Robben, Ribery, Ibrahimovic, Rooney, Silva, De Rossi, Hummels, Mascherano, De Gea, Carrick and Pepe but unlike Bayern they are not overstocked in the midfield area with players like Di Maria. The prospect of playing with such quality, and not simply observing it from the side lines, could potentially appeal to Di Maria who is keen on a first team role being assured.
With no Strootman or Coutinho at the club, like PSG, United have a very obvious vacancy in midfield that the left footed Di Maria would fit into perfectly. It is well known Di Maria wants Division 1 first team football and it would appear Manchester United could offer them both, like PSG however this combined with their 2nd place league position, having just beaten Bayern Munich 2-0, shows that the club are definitely heading in the right direction and may be a more attractive prospect for the Argentine than the French an German sides.
Manchester United appears to have the right combination of league position, quality players, starting role, Division 1 football and money to attract Di Maria with many in world football believing it to be the ideal destination for Angel.
With Bayern Munich clogged with talent, PSG precariously balanced in the league and Athletic Club only recently promoted could we see a surprise move to the English club once more? Only time will tell...