Man Utd agree fee for Di Maria

Manchester United have concluded negotiations with Real Madrid and will pay a British record £63.9million for winger Angel di Maria, according to Sky sources.

Last Updated: 25/08/14 at 15:02 Post Comment

Angel di Maria looks to be heading to Old Trafford for a British record fee

Angel di Maria looks to be heading to Old Trafford for a British record fee

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The 26-year-old Argentina international is expected to fly into Manchester on Monday to hold talks with United next week with the hope of being ready to face Burnley at Turf moor next Saturday.

When the transfer is finalised, the fee will be a record in Britain, eclipsing 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). 

Manchester United have declined to comment on whether a fee has been agreed.

After watching United stumble to a 1-1 draw at Sunderland on Sunday 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.”

United manager Louis van Gaal refused to confirm or deny a deal had been agreed for the Argentine in his post-match interview with Sky Sports. 

“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 asked if Di Maria is a player he would like to sign, Van Gaal confirmed he is but added: “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.” 

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 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.”

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.”

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

still can't see the Phil Jones thing that some people go on about. Whenever I watch him play it's a repeat of headless chicken meets a gurning Bambi on ice for 90 minutes.

diabolicaldiaby
F365's Top Ten Defenders Of The Season

P

robably the first list I've come across in a long time where I agree with a large majority of what was written. Can't agree with everything though, Zaba has had an awful season by his standards, I'd put Monreal (a player who I've never rated) up there, gotta give credit where it's due, he's really stepped up his game.

scroteymcbooger
F365's Top Ten Defenders Of The Season

S

ome top analysis here..... UNITED WOULD BE TOP IF IT WEREN'T FOR ALL THEM GAMES THEY LOST

benvo81
United Progress Stifled By Bottom-Half Record

Footer 365

Arsene Wenger only wants to bring 'world-class' players to Arsenal

Arsene Wenger has revealed he is only looking to add “top, world-class players” to his Arsenal squad this summer.

Chelsea are the example to other clubs, says Gary Neville

Other Premier League clubs should take Chelsea's lead if they are to be more successful, says Gary Neville.

Burnley appeal Michael Duff red card against West Ham

Burnley have appealed against Michael Duff’s red card following his sending off against West Ham.

Mail Box

How Is Coutinho Rated Above Cazorla?

We have a mailbox packed full of views on Santi Cazorla, what Arsenal and United need this summer, the idiocy of St Totteringham's Day and rather a lot more...

Arsenal Need Three. These Three...

One mailboxer has the realistic answers to Arsenal's summer transfer needs. We also have plenty more on Newcastle fans, handballs, Chelsea selling and Johnny...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company