Angel Di Maria latest: Manchester United close to agreeing £48m package with Real Madrid for Argentine international
Red Devils look set to finally land Di Maria after agreeing terms with Madrid
Saturday 23 August 2014
Manchester United are reportedly on the verge of signing long-term transfer target Angel Di Maria after agreeing a fee in the region of £48m with Real Madrid.
Former United star Cristiano Ronaldo, Di Maria's teammate at the Santiago Bernabéu, is believed to have advised the 26-year-old to chose Old Trafford after informing Carlo Ancelotti of his intentions to leave.
The player's agent Jorge Mendes is set to return from a visit to Singapore to finalise the deal in the coming days, with meetings scheduled into the beginning of next week.
Di Maria is expected to be handed the number seven shirt and will walk straight into van Gaal's starting eleven, despite the Dutchman's fears that his arrival could damage Adnan Januzaj's development.
Things finally moving about di María: meetings (agents, clubs) will take place early nxt wk. He has chosen United— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) August 23, 2014
United have had to fight off interest from Paris Saint Germain this summer to secure their man. The French club, however, are wary of breaking Financial Fair Play again rules and have opted to pull out of the running.
The Red Devils got off to a nightmare start to the Premier League season, losing 2-1 at home to Swansea City on the opening day, and that defeat has seemingly forced their hand in the transfer market.
Marcos Rojo has already arrived for £16m from Sporting Lisbon while Ander Herrera continues to impress in his first few months at Old Trafford. Luke Shaw, however, is still recovering from a hamstring injury.
Should the deal for Di Maria go through as expected, it'll smash United's transfer record just eight months after paying £37.1m for Juan Mata from Chelsea.
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