JOSE Mourinho could be about to wreck one of Owen Coyle’s top transfer deals this summer.
The new Real Madrid coach has reportedly reached an agreement in principle to make Benfica’s Argentina international Angel Di Maria one of his first signings at the Bernabaeu.
But the Portuguese club have asked that highly-rated young left-back Marcos Alonso – a known target of Wanderers – be thrown in as part of the deal, alongside a handful of other squad players.
Coyle had hoped to bring the Madrid-born defender to the Reebok on loan with his team-mate Rodrigo Moreno, with both players keen to gain some experience in the Premier League.
A permanent deal had also been mooted in the Spanish press, for a combined £5million, with the possibility of a buy-back clause being inserted in the players’ contracts that would allow the Spanish giants first refusal on their signing in the future.
A contingent from the Whites flew out to Spain a few weeks ago to discuss the arrangement with Real general manager Jorge Valdano, although the deal had to be put on the back burner while Mourinho’s move from Inter Milan was finalised.
Now, with the news of Alonso’s proposed move to Lisbon, Coyle may have to make a firm offer over the weekend, or run the risk of losing the Spain Under-20 international, who he has identified as a major star of the future. It may also affect the chances of signing Rodrigo in a separate deal.
Meanwhile, Chung-Yong Lee became the third and last Wanderer to fly into South Africa after completing his World Cup preparations with South Korea.
Following a 1-0 defeat against European champions Spain in Austria, Huh Jung-Moo’s side have now reached their camp in Rustenburg ahead of their opening group game against Greece in a week’s time.
Their hotel – known as the Hunter’s Rest – is just half a mile from the Bafokeng Sports Complex which is where England will be staying for the first fortnight of the tournament.
Danny Shittu (Nigeria) and Stuart Holden (US) have already reached their World Cup bases, with loanee Vladimir Weiss playing a final warm-up game for Slovakia tonight against Costa Rica in Bratislava before the squad head to their tournament HQ in Pretoria.