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Manchester United and Manchester City are reportedly keeping tabs on Benfica star Angel Di Maria.

The Argentina international is considered to be one of the hottest properties of his generation, and his displays for Benfica this season have not gone unnoticed in Europe.

Several top-flight clubs dispatched scouts to observe Di Maria during Benfica’s 5-0 thrashing of Everton in the Europa League on Thursday, and they received excellent reviews on the 21-year-old.

And news daily Record indicates that both United and City will continue checking on Di Maria, who has a valid contract with Benfica until 2015.

The Portuguese club are reluctant to part company with the winger, whom they signed from Rosario Central for €8 million in 2007, before the end of the season, but they will be forced to sell their prized asset should an offer that meets his €40 million buy-out clause be tabled. (

21 year old left winger Angel Di Maria is one of the hottest prospects around at present and helped Argentina to finally secure their place in next summers World Cup with some good displays for his country when they needed it most. Benfica seem keen to get their money’s worth for the attacker and have slapped a huge buy-out clause on his head, but both United and City are cash rich at present and there could be something of a bidding war for the player dubbed by many as the next Cristiano Ronaldo.

Di Maria has helped Benfica to the top of the Portuguese league after an impressive start to the league season and he will be hoping that he can assist the club to lifting the title for the first time in six seasons but will ultimately be looking to move onwards and upwards and would surely jump at the chance of a move to the Premier League.

Man City obviously have limitless wealth, or something very much like it and United have the cash from Ronaldo’s sale to Real Madrid still burning a hole in their pockets so neither side will be so easily scared off by the large sum it will take to capture the up and coming star.

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