According to the paper, Barca have made initial contact but talks have not moved past the initial stage due to the upcoming presidential elections at the club and the player’s participation at the Copa América.
Sport reports that Luis Enrique has asked for a new recruit with the characteristics of the Di Maria: Speed, agility and dribbling prowess so that Leo Messi and Neymar can be freed up from the shackles of numerous markers during games.
One challenge for Barca to overcome is that they are banned from signing any new players until January 1, so it they signed Di Maris now, he would not be able to play until the second half of the season. Or they can wait until January and do a deal with United then.
Sport states that Di María wants to leave Manchester United after a disappointing first season in English football, and that returning to Spain and joining the arch-rivals of his former club would not be an issue.
It will be interesting to see what happens to Di Maria once he returns to United. Due to the Copa America, he will probably miss all preseason and the first couple of games of the season. When he does arrive at Carringon, Di Maria will have little time to make an impression on van Gaal before the transfer window closes.
Do you think Angel Di Maria will be a Man United player September 2nd?