Man Utd Transfer Rumour: Angel Di Maria No. 1 Target for Red Devils This Summer

Simon Edmonds@@Eddie_EdmondsCorrespondent IJanuary 16, 2013

VALENCIA, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 11:  Angel Di Maria of Real Madrid runs with the ball during the La Liga match between Levante UD and Real Madrid at Ciutat de Valencia on November 11, 2012 in Valencia, Spain.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
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Several news outlets, including are reporting that Manchester United will be looking to sign Real Madrid and Argentina midfielder Angel Di Maria from the Spanish champions this summer.

It is believed that the money garnered from the inevitable transfer of Luis Nani away from the club will be put up to try and lure the Argentine to Old Trafford in the summer months.

Nani, who has refused to sign a new contract with the tablecloth army extending his time in Manchester, has become the prime target of several of Europe's elite clubs in recent weeks.

Liverpool, Arsenal, Zenit St. Petersburg and even Russian billionaires Anzhi Makhachkala have all shown a keen interest in the Portuguese winger, who has received mixed reviews from United fans over the past six years.

Sir Alex Ferguson and the rest of the backroom staff will be hopeful that this vast array of potential clients will spark a bidding war to raise the current £15 million asking price high enough to make the potential signing of Di Maria more of a possibility. 

With thoughts that Madrid will be wanting up to £20 million for their midfielder, this healthy competition for Nani's contract may give United that little extra boost to help them find the required funds.

Di Maria would be the midfield gem that United have sorely been lacking in recent years. With Shinji Kagawa slowly becoming accustomed to the ferocity of the English game, and young star Tom Cleverley showing his worth more and more with every passing match, the acquisition of Di Maria could take the United midfield to previously unseen heights in the modern era.

Of course, this is all hearsay at this moment in time, and with the January transfer window not yet halfway complete, it may be a little silly to look this far ahead.

Still, seemingly one deal for the summer has already been for the most part completed, with it looking more likely than not that Borussia Dortmund ace Robert Lewandowski might be joining the Red Devils this summer.

It's never too early to get your foot through the door when it comes to transfers in the world of football, and if United can show at this very early stage that they are willing to make the effort to snap Di Maria up, then they may well be the favourites to do so come June.

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