Benfica reject Di Maria bid
Benfica have rejected a bid for Angel Di Maria from Man Utd, according to reports in Portugal.
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 23/12/09 11:24am
Benfica have rejected a bid for prized asset Angel Di Maria from Manchester United, according to reports in Portugal.
The 21-year-old has been linked with a host of Europe's top clubs this season following some stand-out displays in Benfica's midfield.
The bid from United was said to be in the region of €10million, with out-of-favour winger Nani also offered in exchange.
However, Portuguese radio station TSF have revealed that Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira has dismissed the bid with the club holding out for considerably more money.
The midfielder is said to have a €40million release fee clause in his current contract, but many believe Benfica will do business once they receive a bid in the region of €30million.
However, the Portuguese giants are reluctant to sell in January with the club aware that a successful World Cup with Argentina next summer could see Di Maria's valuation rocket.