Argentine midfielders, Ángel Di María and Enzo Pérez have dampened speculation linking them to big money transfers in this window. Both coming off the back of hugely successful seasons with Real Madrid and Benfica respectively, there are no end of interested suitors. However, leading the chase appear to be Juventus, in the case of Di María, wanting the 26-year-old included in any potential deal for Arturo Vidal or Paul Pogba and Valencia, for Pérez.
Di María was perhaps the star in Real Madrid’s Champions League victory but that has not prevented rumours of a move in this window. Manchester United, Paris St Germain and a host of other teams have been linked but it seems Juventus have the most concrete interest.
When asked about this at the Argentina training camp in Belo Horizonte, Speaking from the albiceleste camp in Belo Horizonte, Di María said, “I do not know anything. I am just thinking about the national team, I will talk about that [later] with my agent. I do not know anything, I do not want to think about other things at the moment.”
Juventus are aware of interest in their own midfield assets, Chilean, Arturo Vidal and French youngster, Paul Pogba and so are said to be insisting that Di María goes the other way in any potential deal.
Meanwhile, Enzo Pérez is reportedly subject of a €25 million bid from Valencia, who are looking to make the most of their new wealth courtesy of likely new owner, Peter Lim.
The Singapore billionaire has not completed his takeover of Valencia but Pérez is on the list of targets and the money will be available. The 28-year-old, defensive midfielder was a key part of Benfica’s treble winning side this season and the Portuguese side would likely accept such a transfer fee.
However, any reports of a deal already being concluded are wide of the mark according to the player.
“There is nothing concrete or signed with Valencia,” Pérez explained. “They have said that I did a medical, but I do not want to leave Benfica. With what is being said I am being put in an uncomfortable position. When the World Cup is over, I will sit down and talk. It will depend on them.”
Once the World Cup is finished we will undoubtedly start to see a lot more action in the transfer market.