After the fallout of losing English winger Theo Walcott, Wenger has beamed his searchlight on Real Madrid’s Argentine winger Angel Di-Maria. The pursuit of the former Benfica winger has brightened as reports have it that Real Madrid are weighing up a move for Juan Mata as a replacement.
Speculation of Di Maria’s future has been uncertain for the majority of the season however it was compounded after the Argentinean signaled a gesture at the crowd after being substituted at the weekend.
The devastating injury to Theo Walcott has amplified Arsene Wenger’s urgency to add a new attacking player to their ranks and Di Maria could be the ideal solution.
And their hopes of securing a deal have increased after the Express reports that Madrid want a like for like replacement and to that end, they have set sights on the disgruntled Chelsea playmaker.
The Spanish star has been on the fringes of the Chelsea team since Mourinho returned as manager in the summer and his reaction in the last Premier League game against Southampton after been subbed could just be the last straw that smashes the camel’s back. Mata won’t be shot of suitors in England but Mourinho is renowned for been aversed to selling a key player to a domestic rival. To this end, the Portuguese will be more open to selling him abroad.
A move to Real Madrid will surely suit Mata as he gets to play more games at home and that would boost his chances of making Spain’s World Cup squad.
Should Real sign Mata, there would be no place for Di Maria in Ancelotti’s team anymore as his first team berth is currently been threatened by new kid on the bloc Jesse Rodriguez. A move to Arsenal would suit the Argentine and might just reunite him with his former teammate Real Madrid who is now at Arsenal, Mesut Ozil.
Di Maria would be a good addition to Arsenal as he can play on both wings. His presence on the wings would free Podolski to play more centrally.