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Manchester United Plan £38m Swap Deal: Anderson to be Used as Makeweight to Sign Benfica Ace Angel Di Maria

Old Trafford boss to spend big to bring in Argentine apparently?

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Anderson could emerge as a key figure in Manchester United’s attempts to pip Real Madrid for the signature of £38million-rated Benfica winger Angel di Maria.

United officials have been sounding out Benfica about Di Maria’s availability but have been deterred by an insistence that he will cost every last penny of the release clause in his contract.

A compromise could be on the cards, though, following claims in Lisbon that Benfica would at least consider a swap deal that would entail United parting with Anderson plus a £10m cash adjustment.

With the 22-year old midfielder yet to fulfil the promise that landed him an £18m move to Old Trafford from Porto nearly three years ago, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson may be prepared to sanction such an offer to secure one of his main summer transfer targets.

It will require decisive action by Ferguson to win the race for Di Maria, following reports in Argentina that Real remain firm favourites to sign him.

The United manager has been monitoring Di Maria’s impact all season and has seen enough of his lightning pace down the left and eye for goal to be convinced that Diego Maradona was not exaggerating in a recent analysis of the Argentina international’s worth.

‘I have been following his progress in Europe, and I am more certain than ever that he is going to develop into a true world superstar in the next few years,’ said the Argentina coach. (Daily Mail)

Not sure what to make of this speculative piece from the Daily Mail, it comes just a few hours after Sir Alex Ferguson claimed he may not make any moves in the transfer market, something that may well have just been said for show.

Angel Di Maria is a good player, but is the THAT good? £38m? The 22 year old Argentine’s experience thus far is three seasons in the decidedly average Portuguese League so the idea that the Old Trafford boss would stump up so much seems laughable to me.

Anderson may well be on his way in the summer. The Brazilian has not covered himself in glory these past couple of seasons and has reportedly had his run ins with Sir Alex. I do think that Ferguson will make significant moves this summer and new additions will be brought in but I do not see Di Maria being a player he would splash so much cash on.

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