Angel Di Maria is set to fly into England this lunchtime for a medical with Manchester United ahead of his British record £63.9 million transfer to the Red Devils.
Both Real Madrid and Manchester United have agreed on the fee for Di Maria which will eclipse the £50 million Chelsea paid Liverpool for Fernando Torres in 2011.
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Di Maria has already said goodbye to his team mates and staff at the Champions League holders.
While Ancelotti has all but confirmed Di Maria’s departure, Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal refused to confirm that Di Maria’s arrival was imminent saying he preferred the club to announce any new signings.
“The club has to announce it,” he told Sky Sports “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.”
Despite the high price Manchester United are set to pay for Di Maria, former United defender Gary Neville believes the arrival of the Argentine winger will be good for his former club.
“It’s good business,” he said. “United have lost their negotiation strength but they just need to get the right players. This one is”.
Di Maria is unlikely to be the only new arrival at Old Trafford in the coming days with the club still reportedly interested in signing Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal.
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