Arsenal – Wenger tried to sign Di Maria as a teenager

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Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger has revealed that he nearly signed Angel Di Maria as a teenager.

The Frenchman spoke to BBC Sport and revealed that he was close to snapping up the Argentinian, “We wanted him to come here,” said Gunners boss Wenger.

Wenger said: “We had identified Di Maria when he was 17 in an international competition.

“But he went to Portugal, and from Portugal he went to Spain. Why? Because he could not get a work permit for England, so that meant you could only get him to England once he was worth a huge amount of money.”

Di Maria, 26, has now signed for Manchester United from Real Madrid for a British record £59.7m in August, 2014.

Once again it seems like Arsenal have missed out on an asset that they had the opportunity to sign, will the Gunners be able to compete with their European competitors and snap up some of the best emerging talent in the world?