Juventus regain optimism in Ángel Di María deal amid interest from Barcelona and Benfica

Juventus have reportedly rediscovered optimism in the deal for Ángel Di María. The Old Lady has been chasing his services for months.

According to a report from Fabiana Della Valle (via La Gazzetta dello Sport), a swift turn of events at Continassa over the last two days has seen Juventus back on the top in their pursuit of Ángel Di María.

The report claims that Juve have reopened negotiations with the entourage of the former Real Madrid star. With Di María’s contract at Paris Saint-Germain coming to an end this June, the Argentinian will leave the French capital on a free transfer in the summer.

Juventus had been leading the queue for the player until Barcelona made a swift intervention. Barca’s interest in Di María saw the former Manchester United star leaning towards La Blaugrana.

Federico Cherubini, however, did not reportedly like the player’s attitude. When he was close to agreeing on a move to Juventus, a quick change of mind was not appreciated by the bosses at the Turin-based club. But with Barcelona encountering several financial complications, the Catalan giants have chosen to reduce their interest in the 34-year-old South American.

As things stand, Benfica and Juventus remain the only two parties interested in signing Di María. The Bianconeri have agreed to offer the player a net salary of €7.5million per year, which is more than the annual salary of €5.5million that Juve proposed to him initially.

Nevertheless, Juventus want a quick response from Di María’s entourage as failing to find an agreement with the Argentinian over a transfer could lead them to initiate their hunt for an alternative. Among the alternatives, Domenico Berardi tops the transfer shortlist. He is followed by the likes of Nicolò Zaniolo and Mykhaylo Mudryk.

Juventus still prefer Di María, owing to him being a free agent. Di María has reacted to Juve’s call quite positive in recent times as a transfer to Benfica is not too attractive to him. And thus, the situation has spurred a sense of optimism in a much-awaited deal. The player would like to join Binanconeri, who are in the market for a replacement for the departing Paulo Dybala.

Jyotirmoy Halder

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