Daily transfer roundup (Friday, July 10)
Benzema has been at Real Madrid since 2009 and has netted a staggering 134 goals in 279 games, which is all the more impressive as he has played each season with prolific goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 27-year-old Frenchman could be the perfect option for Louis Van Gaal given his vast experience of playing and scoring consistently at the top level.
The France international is valued at £44 million by Transfermarkt.co.uk and it is believed that Madrid would be willing to part with their star to reinvest in a younger goalscorer, with Arsenal also reportedly interested.Embed from Getty Images
Benzema is reaching the peak of his career and so a move could be a good option for both parties. His style of play could be well suited to the Premier League as a striker who boasts a complete range of abilities.
As United look set to return to Champions League action next season his experience in the competition would be a great addition to the squad. Benzema has proved he can work well with big egos and the highest quality of players.
A move could also rejuvenate struggling United star Angel Di Maria’s career. The two were part of Madrid’s ‘La Decima’ (tenth European Cup triumph) and linking up once again could help Benzema make his decision.
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The signing of Depay, naturally a winger, could spell the end of Angel Di Maria‘s United nightmare after just one season.
It is no secret that Di Maria was linked with a move to Paris Saint Germain in last summer’s transfer window and that could be a likely destination for him next season if the French giants are willing to pay the huge transfer fee needed.Embed from Getty Images
The Argentine ace has featured 19 times in the Premier League for Van Gaal, scoring just three, but he has racked up an impressive ten assists in his debut campaign in England’s top flight.
In stark contrast Depay has netted 21 Eredivise goals and notched four assists in 28 appearances.
Van Gaal is clearly expecting more from his forwards and this signing is a statement that he is eager to get his business underway early ahead of his first full summer in charge.
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The British record signing joined United from Real Madrid for £59.7 million last summer but hasn’t reached the levels he would have hoped for in his first Premier League season.
He has scored three goals with ten assists in 24 league appearances under Louis Van Gaal this season but has been linked with a move away from the club this summer.
An attempted gunpoint burglary at his home in Prestbury, Cheshire shook Di Maria up in February and left him unsettled in Manchester.Embed from Getty Images
But he has since moved to the city centre in an apartment and is now in discussions to extend his lease on the property for another year, suggesting he will spend at least one more season with Manchester United.
The 27-year-old attacker came on in Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Chelsea but has not started a game since the FA Cup clash with Arsenal in which he was sent off.
United’s loss at Stamford Bridge ended a six-game win streak but the Red Devils have improved as the season has gone on and the club, as well as Di Maria, will hope to kick on further next year.
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A summer move away from the club is looking likely and manager Louis Van Gaal‘s comments have done little to calm down speculation.
Di Maria still hasn’t really settled in Manchester due to personal reasons and an attempted burglary on his home back in January have left the Argentine winger unhappy with life in England.
Van Gaal has said he wouldn’t force Di Maria to stay at the club if he felt it was necessary for him to leave on compassionate grounds when speaking to Sky Sports earlier this month.Embed from Getty Images
“I am always like that. When you see my history, that’s part of my philosophy,” the Dutchman said. “A player is not just a man who kicks the ball from A to B. His environment is influencing him.”
But Van Gaal was quick to reiterate that from a business point of view it is not a viable solution for Di Maria to depart after just one season, especially when the transfer cost almost £60 million.
“I shall always be open but I know the commercial interests of the club and we have to respect that. You cannot give a lot of money for a player and next season put him out of your selection.”
Di Maria has not started in either of Manchester United’s last two Premier League games against rival clubs for the top four, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool. He was suspended for the Spurs clash but his side ran out 3-0 winners and that saw him start the game against Liverpool on the bench on Sunday.Embed from Getty Images
But despite playing without Di Maria, United have won both games, playing some of their best football of the season.
The 27-year-old playmaker came on in the weekend win over Liverpool but again was in the spotlight for the wrong reason, catching the ball before it had gone out of play, epitomising his form and lack of confidence.
He did create Juan Mata’s spectacular goal with a lovely chipped pass but his creativity has not been exerted enough in his first Premier League season.
Di Maria has made 21 appearances, scoring just three times in the Premier League which is not the return many expected given the qualities he possesses.Embed from Getty Images
Paris Saint-Germain could be a possible destination for Di Maria but any move will heavily depend on whether United can recoup a similar amount to what they paid for him less than a year ago.
Recent reports suggest that clubs would not be willing to pay more than £30 million for the United man after such a disappointing season and it would be bad business for the Red Devils to let him leave for half the price they signed him for.