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.