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Manchester United Agree Record Breaking £63.9 Million Fee For Angel Di Maria, Says Report

DiMariaReal 600x318 Manchester United Agree Record Breaking £63.9 Million Fee For Angel Di Maria, Says Report

According to Sky Sports Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, Manchester United have agreed to pay Real Madrid a British transfer record fee of £63.9million for Angel Di Maria.

Balague broke news of United’s impending move for the Argentina international late yesterday and is now reporting that the 26-year-old winger will fly into Manchester tomorrow in order to hold more talks with the club before completing a move to the twenty-time champions of England.

The £63.9million fee smashes the British transfer fee record which was previously held by Chelsea when the London club purchased Fernando Torres for £50million from Liverpool three years ago.

It was widely reported this morning that Di Maria was present at Real Madrid’s training session. But the player only made his appearance to say goodbye to his teammates.

During his pre-match press conference, Carlo Ancelotti informed the media that Di Maria would be leaving the La Liga club.

“Di Maria has not trained with us and he came in to say goodbye to the players and people at the club,” Ancelotti said.

“We are thankful for what he has done at this club. There is nothing official yet but it is being sorted out.”

Following Manchester United’s 1-1 draw against Sunderland earlier today, Louis Van Gaal was asked if he could confirm the signing of the Argentinian.

“The club has to announce it,” he said. “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.”

When the United boss was further pressed as to if he “liked” Di Maria, the Dutchman responded: “Yes, but I like Messi also and I like Vidal also so we have a lot of players in this world that I like but they cannot come always to Manchester United.”

According to Balague, United have already told Di Maria that he will be wearing the iconic number seven shirt which has previously been worn by club legends: Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham, Eric Cantona, Bryan Robson and George Best.

As soon as the deal is completed, speculation around Real Madrid is that club president Florentino Perez will look to make one more big-name signing before the window shuts in a week.

Reports have heavily linked the La Liga giants with a move for AS Monaco striker Radamel Falcao. Other clubs have expressed an interest in signing the Colombia international this summer, only to be told that the player’s future “lies in Madrid”.

But in order for that transfer to take place, the Spanish club would need to sell one of their non-European Union players.


About Peter Quinn

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11 Responses to Manchester United Agree Record Breaking £63.9 Million Fee For Angel Di Maria, Says Report

  1. EDub says:

    That’s cool … but where is he going to play?

  2. Javier says:

    Lol they needed a player like Khedira and instead over paid for a player that doesn’t have a spot in their 3-5-2.

    Also Rojo may be an upgrade to what they have but is an average defender at best. Machester will be mired in medocrity.

    • Paul says:

      As with Mata, the Di Maria buy is almost like the icing on the cake… but they still haven’t got the cake.

      They’ve got bigger issues elsewhere on the pitch but to me, this screams of a marquee type signing just to keep the fan base on side.

      No doubt they’ll get better over the course of the season but I still wouldn’t tip them for the top 4 this year personally.

  3. Ardwickian says:

    so the lord protectors of financial fair play panic,well done Real for fleecing the muppets.

    • Jazz says:

      You must be confusing United with Bayern. They’re really the Lord protectors of it and they’re doing pretty well right now and they have treble to show it.

  4. Brian says:

    Di Maria is a top player and is one of the best dribblers around and has pace. His defensive qualities are underestimated. When Mourinho was in charge at Real Madrid he sometimes used Di Maria as a wingback. Solid player no doubt.

    The only big concern is his injury history. He has never played an entire season injury-free (had injury problems in the World Cup as well) and the EPL with its physical play might add to his injury woes.

  5. Mufc77 says:

    A lot of money but that’s the going rate for the really top tier players these days. His arrival will force a switch in formation away from the current 3-4-3 which isn’t effective in the EPL with the current players. Still need a central midfield partner for Herrera this window. A player like Vidal offers protection for the defense as well as a threat attacking. The club needs to pick one area and focus in fixing that this window instead if trying to fix midfield and defense all at once.

  6. Jazz says:

    More Non-United fans comment on articles that are about United than actual fans of the club. This generation is an odd one. Add to that no patience whatsoever. For what it’s worth Van Gaal has had the exact same start as Fergie. L-D so far.
    Terrible fee but a fantastic player. His signing signals the end of the strike partnership at United. No more Roo + RVP and no Mata either the best thing that could happen to the team. 2 of that trio need to be on the bench considering none of the 3 play wide.

  7. Toby says:

    I love the irony that the Glazer’s underinvestment in the team now means they now have to over spend just to compete with the best teams of the Premier League.

    You reap what you sow. Taking £700 Million out of the biggest team in the world for your personal fortune doesn’t look so good, now that the team is full of mediocre players and the lack of investment is more obvious.

  8. brn442 says:

    Di Maria, is a damn good player, coming off of a great season with Madrid but 63 million?

    Manchester need all the help they can get but with their current schoolboy back three, they would be lucky to finish in the top 7 this season – with or without the Argentine.

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