According to Spanish newspaper, Marca, Argentina winger, Angel Di Maria is close to agreeing a move to Monaco after falling down the pecking order in the Bernabeu. Free-spending Monaco have no qualms with meeting the expected hefty transfer fee but rumour has it, Madrid are keen to negotiate a knock-down price for Colombian, Radamel Falcao.
It is understood that Di Maria has agreed to the move and potentially a transfer fee of around 35 million Euros has been set. Without doubt this is a huge amount of money which would limit Monaco’s competition for Di Maria but the French side are unlikely to put off.
The Rosario born, Di Maria is still only 25 years of age and a key member of Alejandro Sabella’s Argentina side. However, with the World Cup only months away, Di Maria is said to be concerned by the lack of opportunities in Madrid since the arrival of Gareth Bale.
Jose Mourinho viewed Di Maria as an integral part of Madrid but Carlo Ancelotti does not seem to share this view. His first choice attacking trident of Bale, Karem Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo is formidable and with all three fit, Di Maria may spend more time on the bench.
One area where Real Madrid are keen to recruit is in attack and at present, behind Benzema they are short of options. Academy products, Jese and Alvaro Morata can step up but since the sale of Gonzalo Higuain, an established centre-forward has been lacking.
With this in mind, Ancelotti wants to add another star to the Galacticos. Liverpool’s, Uruguayan striker, Luis Suarez is seriously under consideration but with his form this season in England and the fact that Arsenal had a £40 million approach rebuffed in the summer, the fee could be too much.
If Madrid off-load Di Maria to Monaco they may be able to open negotiations to swap Radamel Falcao for a substantially lower fee. The Colombian only moved to France in the summer following a €40 million plus transfer from Atletico Madrid but has apparently not settled too well.
A potential front three of Ronaldo, Bale and Falcao is frightening but such an astronomical transfer will take a lot of negotiating. This could rumble on for a very long time as the football rumour mill prepares to go into overtime ahead of the January transfer window.