Manchester United are closing a deal with Real Madrid which will see Argentinian international Ángel di María sign for the Old Trafford club early next week. The amount of the deal, which is still being negotiated is around £56 million, which is nearly £20 million above the £37.1 million club record fee which saw Juan Mata sign from Chelsea in January. This will come as great news to Manchester United supporters, who despite being promised the club would spend this summer, and lure world-class players to the club, nothing has been done since the end of June, nearly two months ago. Spanish journalist Guillem Balague, who works for Sky Sports, was the man breaking this news on Revisita de la Liga this evening. The Spaniard said:
“At long last there is significant movement in the seemingly never ending, ‘Will he stay or will he go’ saga of Ángel di María. It now looks certain that he will leave Real Madrid and become a Manchester United player. The final meetings will take place at the beginning of next week.
“United will pay between 60-70 million Euros (£48-55m) for the player. More than 60. A great deal for Madrid.
“I can exclusively reveal that, as we speak (Saturday night), football agent Jorge Mendes is on a flight from Singapore – where he has been putting to bed the purchase of Valencia by Peter Lim – to Europe, with a view to sealing the sale of Di María to United.
“So advanced, in fact, are the negotiations that it has already been agreed that Di María will wear the number seven shirt, worn in the past by no lesser players than David Beckham, Eric Cantona, Cristiano Ronaldo, George Best and Bryan Robson.”
Balague said that as soon as the Argentinian international knew of interest from Manchester United, he was very excited about his chances of arriving at Old Trafford before the summer transfer window closes on Monday 1st September 2014. Balague also confirmed that former United player Cristiano Ronaldo has effectively played a part in the deal by telling Di María about his time at the club, with the Argentinian agreeing that it was a good option despite United not participating in the UEFA Champions League this season. Balague confirmed:
“At first Paris Saint-Germain showed interest in singing him and said they were prepared to meet his wage demands of €8 million a year net but the deal offered by United was much more interesting to him.
“Firstly, United is a club with much more prestige throughout Europe, and secondly, it’s a new project where he knows he will be one of the leaders. Cristiano Ronaldo has also told him some great things about United and has succeeded in persuading him that it is a good option even though the club is not playing in Europe this season.
“He is also very excited about the prospect of working with manager Louis van Gaal and everyone is expecting that the deal will be closed soon.
“There is agreement between the club and the player and it is expected that the announcement will soon be made official because the positions of the two clubs are thought to be very close. United accept the valuation of the player above the 60m mark (Real paid 36 million to Benfica in 2010). The final cost of his transfer will depend on variables.
“There is absolutely no chance of Di María staying at Real Madrid, because despite just about everyone from all the players to the technical staff rating him very highly, Real Madrid have decided, primarily via their president Florentino Perez, that Di María cannot carry on at the club.
“It is also thought that as soon as Di María confirms that he will become a United player he will write a farewell letter to the Madrid fans explaining the reasons for his departure.
“He is very excited by the prospect and he is just the sort of player that Van Gaal is looking for.
So there you have it, at this moment in time the Argentinian FIFA World Cup finalist is heading to Manchester United this summer. He will wear the famous number seven shirt and join fellow Argentinian Marcos Rojo at the club, the pair could even make their debut against Burnley next Saturday, which would be unfortunate for the newly promoted Barclays Premier League side. Things seem to be looking up for United this summer, but lets get this signing across the line before we start to celebrate, as anything can happen, especially when much faith is not shown in the men in suits at the club at this moment in time. Alex Shaw of ESPN has also suggested that United would like to complete a further two signings before the summer transfer window closes. Daley Blind of Ajax is one player mentioned, with a midfielder described as the other, no names being mentioned though. Could it be Arturo Vidal?