The Gunners were in preliminary talk with Madrid over a possible £26 million deal for Di Maria, who surely would drop down the pecking orders, should Gareth Bale sign for the Los Blancos, which is nothing but just a formality now.
Arsenal were also targeting Madrid’s star striker Karim Benzema, but it seems they’ll have to forfeit in the chase as his agent Karim Djaziri, has recently quashed the rumours saying his client has never had any discussions or contact with the Gunners.
Arsenal has had a disappointing transfer window so far, having failed to lure any big names, despite Arsene Wenger given a hefty transfer war-chest of £70 million. After the opening day 3-1 defeat at the hands of Aston Villa, and followed by fans’ backlash, Wenger is looking to make late incursions in the transfer market and is determined to land few quality players.
The situation is more-or-less similar, when Madrid signed Cristiano Ronaldo for a world record transfer fee and sold out Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben. Here, they are on the verge of acquiring another top player, on a record breaking fee, which might leave the exit door open ajar for players of top quality like Di Maria or Mesut Ozil.
However, one cannot stop wondering – is Di Maria the right player for Arsenal at the moment? Obviously, he is young and highly talented but do the Gunners need a right winger? The money could have been utilized at other areas, where it requires immediate attention. The Argentine would be a marquee signing indeed, but a shinny toy, which Arsenal could have done without.
However, it would be premature to jump the gun regarding the signing unless the player has put pen to paper for the Gunners, there has been far too many false alarms this window for them, another one of the same kind is the last thing the fans would want.