Real Madrid are preparing a sensational deal to take Manchester United’s Angel Di Maria back to the Bernabeu, in exchange for world record signing Gareth Bale, according to the Daily Express.
After just one full season in Spain, Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly ready to offload the Welsh winger, who cost a reported £80 million little over a year ago, due to his ability to follow tactical instructions. No other than Angel Di Maria is being lined up as his replacement.
Ancelotti’s frustration spilled over following his side’s 1-0 Champions League victory over Liverpool. He had reportedly asked Bale to play out wide as part of a 4-4-2 formation, but he continuously drifted in alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, in what looked more like a 4-3-3 – an error which could see his boyhood dream of playing for Madrid cut short.
The Italian boss sanctioned Di Maria’s £60 million move to Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United only this summer, but the winger’s impressive performances in the Premier League have caught his eye.
Manchester United are thought to be believe that Bale is key to getting their Premier League life back on track, after another disappoint start to the season, despite spending in excess of £150 million bringing in new players as part of a rebuilding job at Old Trafford this summer. The club are thought to be willing to break the world record transfer fee that Real Madrid paid for Bale, offering £90 million for the ex-Tottenham star.
However, Real Madrid are more interested in a player-plus-cash deal, which would probably see United hand back Di Maria, as well as an additional £30 million.
United have been keen of Bale for quite a while, and former boss David Moyes even attempted to hi-jack Real Madrid’s move last summer, first offering £60 million early in the summer, before upping their offer to a staggering £100 million when it became clear that Madrid were on the verge of landing the 25-year-old.
Bale has scored an impressive 19 goals in just 34 appearances since joining the European Champions. If Ancelotti does choose to offload the player, there will no doubt be a number of suitors, but it is a big if.