United to sell Di Maria to fund Bale swoop?

Di MariaMANCHESTER UNITED are ready to sell record buy Angel Di Maria in the summer to step up plans to bring in Gareth Bale.

Di Maria has shown little of the form which made him one of Real Madrid’s Galacticos and it’s believed he and his family are unsettled after being the victims of an attempted break in at their home earlier in the year.

Last week the Argentinian, his shaken wife Jorgelina Cardoso and one-year-old daughter Mia moved into former Old Trafford player Phil Neville’s £4 million 45th floor apartment in the middle of Manchester.

They are only renting the property because Di Maria is understood to be contemplating his future – something the club are well aware of.

United who will have to smash the club record fee of £59.7 million which brought Di Maria to Old Trafford to have any chance of landing Bale won’t take no for an answer. Ironically Di Maria’s inspirational display helped Real overcome city rivals Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final in Lisbon last May.

But he has been unable to replicate that form during his time at United and has been substituted by a disappointed United boss Louis van Gaal in the last two games.

Now United could be prepared to cut their losses and listen to offers for the 27-year-old misfiring wide man in the summer with Paris Saint-Germain still keen on a player they were interested in signing last year. — Sunday Express

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