Manchester United have reportedly finalized the transfer of winger Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid for an exorbitant fee of €80m (£63.9m), and the Argentine star is expected to fly in to England for medical ahead of the move to Old Trafford.
The English club may end up paying €80 million for the Real Madrid star, as the deal structure is made in such a way that the club has to pay “75 million euros upfront, with up to 15 million euros of add-ons and incentives attached, split into three potential payments of five million euros,” a source told ESPN.
It is reported that the Argentine winger might sign a five or six years deal and given the No. 7 shirt.
“It is not fully done, but he is close to a transfer,” Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti was quoted as saying by ESPN On Sunday. “He came to say goodbye. We thanked him for what he has done for this team and we wished him luck for the future. It is not official, but it is resolved.”
Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso also took to twitter to bid goodbye to his outgoing fellow player.
¡ Gracias por todo Fideo ! Te deseo lo mejor, aunque sea en el Man. Utd 🙂 Nunca olvidaremos el zigzag de la prórroga en Lisboa.
— Xabi Alonso (@XabiAlonso) August 24, 2014
(“Thank you for everything Fideo! I wish you the best, even though it is Manchester United 🙂 We will never forget the zigzag in extra time in Lisbon” – ESPN translation)
However, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal refused to confirm reports of Angel Di Maria’s move to his club.
“The club has to announce it. 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,” van Gaal told Sky Sports.
Meanwhile, former Manchester United defender Gary Neville told the website that Di Maria may help the English 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. 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.”
(Image Credit: Screenshot from Real Madrid Official website)