A fourth big name has emerged in the span of a week, and it appears Real Madrid are completely cleaning out the dressing room for next season.
A total of four Madrid stars could be headed to the cream of the English Premier League this summer, while manager Jose Mourinho is also expected to return to England.
The latest speculation involves midfielder Angel Di Maria, and a move to Manchester City. Manuel Pellegrini, the expected replacement for Roberto Mancini, reportedly put together a short list of five players he would like club officials to target, and Di Maria is one of them, according to the Daily Star.
The Argentine is fifth on the club with seven La Liga goals this season, and has recorded 45 goals in all competitions during his three seasons at the Bernabeu. Signed through 2018, the 25-year-old’s value is around £35 million, a substantial amount that could even give wild-spending City pause.
Los Blancos could even pull in another £22 million for striker Gonzalo Higuain, as reported by the Daily Mirror. Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger has reportedly made inquiries for Higuain, but the Gunners would prefer to bring the asking price down to £18 million.
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Other than the expensive transfer fee, Arsenal qualifying for Champions League would go a long to sign a player who has netted 73 La Liga goals since 2009.
Madrid and Chelsea are also reportedly working out a compensation package for Mourinho’s departure, but the Portuguese may have already started his recruiting for next season.
According to the Mirror, Mourinho would like to bring German midfielder Sami Khedira to Stamford Bridge. That could cost the Blues upwards of £22 million, but outgoing manager Rafa Benitez said the club will have as much as £100 million to spend on talent this summer.
“What I am sure about is that next season Chelsea will be much better because they will spend £100m and they will sign three or four players,” Benitez said to according to The Sun. “The foundation is already there. The future is bright for them.
Higuain, Di Maria, and the supposed departure of Karim Benzema to Manchester United represent a loss of 31 goals next season, but also allows Los Blancos to spend on new talent. New Red Devils boss David Moyes is interested in Benzema to a tune of £30 million as a replacement for Wayne Rooney, as reported by The Sun last week.
If even two of those deals go through, Los Blancos would have tons to spend this summer, but it appears one of their top desires is not interested. Madrid reportedly targeted Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski, but the Poland native that decimated Los Blancos in Champions League wants to remain in Germany and play for Bayern Munich.