Saturday, 9 July 2011
Chelsea swoop for Angel Di Maria
Chelsea are in talks with Real Madrid over a double deal for defender Pepe and winger Angel Di Maria, according to reports in Spain. Sources last week had claimed Andre Villas-Boas wants to make Pepe his first signing as Chelsea manager, with speculation continuing about the 28-year-old's future at the Bernabeu. Chelsea are also looking to lure Angel Di Maria away from the Spanish capital this summer. Di Maria has only been at the club twelve months after joining last summer in a €25million move from Benfica. But recently he spoke of how he wanted improved terms on his six-year deal, with his comments leaving Real unhappy after he went public with his demands. The club are also prepared to sell Pepe should he refuse to sign a new contract as he only has twelve months left on his existing deal. Chelsea are believed to be ready to offer Pepe €5m a year if he moves to Stamford Bridge - a considerably more than the €4m which is believed to be Real Madrid's maximum offer.