Manchester United have agreed a British transfer record transfer fee of £63.9m for Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria, according to Sky sources.
The Argentina international is expected to fly into Manchester on Monday to hold talks with United next week over the transfer which will eclipse the £50m Chelsea paid for Fernando Torres three years ago.
According to Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, United initially offered €60m and Madrid wanted €90m, with the two clubs eventually agreeing on €80m (£63.9m).
After watching United stumble to a 1-1 draw at Sunderland on Sudnay afternoon, Gary Neville told Sky Sports: “It’s good business. United have lost their negotiation strength but they just need to get the right players.
“This one is . He’ll get pace into the game and get from box to box . He’s the right signing. You could argue they need other players in other areas but they definitely need a wide player.”
Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti confirmed on Sunday the player had come to the club’s training base to bid farewell to his team-mates and the club’s staff.
"Di Maria has not trained with us today (Sunday) and he came in to say goodbye to the players and people at the club," Ancelotti told a news conference in Madrid.
"We are thankful for what he has done at this club. There is nothing official yet but it is being sorted out.”
Despite winning man of the match in Real’s Champions League final triumph over city rivals Atletico last season, Di Maria was deemed expendable by club president Florentino Perez following the arrival of World Cup top-scorer James Rodriguez from Monaco.
That put Di Maria’s place in Ancelotti’s starting 11 in jeopardy and, when contract talks between the player and club stalled, with Di Maria feeling club officials were failing to recognise his value and contribution to the team, the decision was made to sell.
The Real manager maintains the decision to leave was made by the player and hinted the Spanish giants will be looking for a replacement before the window closes.
"The decision is his and the club has done what it could to keep him here but he thought differently and so good luck to him,” Ancelotti said.
“I am very happy with the work that he has done for Madrid but we have the chance to replace him well.”
How this deal is worth 60m, I don't know. A player we don't urgently need (we could use him for sure, but there are far more urgent positions), and a player Madrid don't appear to want with not many other interested clubs. Certainly we harp on about Woodward not completing deals but completing only this before the window closes would make him look equally as idiotic as signing no one.- cheekyballboy