Arsenal plot big transfer move for Madrid star

Real's Di MariaArsenal are planning a £25m move for Real Madrid midfielder Angel Di Maria, according to reports from The Metro.

The Gunners are believed to be in the market for at least one big name arrival before the transfer window closes, with Arsene Wenger, as it stands, having only secured the signature of Yaya Sanogo this summer.

The Frenchman is keen to take advantage of Real’s imminent world-record deal for Gareth Bale by snatching Di Maria away from the Spaniards.

If the Tottenham man does complete his move to the Bernabeu, the Argentine will face a real battle to maintain a spot in the starting XI.

Although Los Blancos have maintained that Di Maria is not for sale, but privately they are believed to be willing to do business to balance the books.

Arsenal are willing to spend big for the 25-year-old, with Wenger thought to be a big fan of his abilities.

Di Maria himself is thought to open to leaving the Spanish capital to secure regular first-team action ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

However, Arsenal are set to miss out on Real striker Karim Benzema.

The Frenchman is another player whose place will be under threat upon Bale’s arrival, but his agent, Karim Djaziri, recently played down talk of a move.

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