Manchester United have reportedly agreed a British transfer record fee of £63.9 million for Real Madrid winger Angel di Maria. The arrival of Colombian star James Rodriguez for around the same figure has pushed the Argentine winger towards an exit. Carlo Ancelotti revealed a few days and that di Maria had said goodbye to his teammates.
Paris St Germain were the initial favourites to land the 26-year-old, but the financial sanctions imposed by UEFA put them out of the race. United, who have taken just one point from the opening two league matches, are in desperate need of quality players. They have moved in quickly to secure di Maria’s signing, which is expected to be completed in the next two days. According to Sky Sports, the 26-year-old has flown into Manchester to undergo a medical.
Fernando Torres’ £50 million transfer from Liverpool to Chelsea in 2011 is the current record signing by a British club. Despite being one of the biggest English clubs, Manchester United last broke the British transfer record back in 2002 when they signed Rio Ferdinand from Leeds United for £30 million. The years of neglect towards bringing top names appears to be hurting the team now, as United looked devoid of ideas and inspiration in the 1-1 draw with Sunderland on Sunday.
Louis van Gaal has been tight-lipped about di Maria’s arrival. He refused to comment about United’s £64 million offer for the 26-year-old. Instead, Van Gaal stated that the club is making an official announcement if there was a news. He said:
“The club has to announce it. When we are thinking it is the right time for a transfer, then we come to you and say ‘OK, we have that player or the other player’. But at this time we cannot say anything.”
United adopted a similar approach with the transfer of Juan Mata back in January and it is only a matter of time before Angel di Maria becomes a Manchester United player.
Di Maria could be available for the next league match against Burnley.
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