€81m Manchester United move
The Argentine landed in the north west of
England on Monday night and was shown around
the club's training ground, and he now has
returned to finalise his move from Real Madrid
Aug 26, 2014 13:12:00
By Paul Clennam
Angel Di Maria has arrived at
Carrington and is set to
complete his British transfer
record €81 million move to
The Real Madrid midfielder arrived in the north west
of England late on Monday night and was shown
around United's training ground and facilities.
Medical officers have been on site since early on
Tuesday morning and Di Maria will now be put
through his paces before finalising the biggest deal
in British football history.
The Argentine will be the club's new No.7 and a
replica jersey with his name and new number has
been prepared for photo opportunities following
the conclusion of the medical.
The 26-year-old will then be officially confirmed as a
United player after putting pen to paper on a
massive contract which could earn him more than
€376,000 per week, including a €6.3m signing on fee
Goal reported on Monday evening that a deal had
been agreed between United and Madrid, with the
Premier League club's summer spending set to
break the €160m mark.
Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo have
already sealed moves to Old Trafford, and more are
expected to follow Di Maria.
United have been closely monitoring Juventus
midfielder Arturo Vidal all summer, and have been
linked with a formal bid in Tuesday's newspapers
after manager Louis van Gaal mentioned him by
name following Sunday's draw at Sunderland.
Di Maria has been a key part of Madrid's recent
success and was named man of the match in May's
Champions League final triumph against Atletico
He scored one goal at this summer's World Cup as
Argentina reached the final, only to be beaten by
Germany in Rio de Janeiro.
Since joining from Benfica in 2010, the first season
of Jose Mourinho's reign at the Santiago Bernabeu,
Di Maria has scored 22 goals in 124 league
appearances, and is the third highest assist maker in
Europe's major leagues, behind Lionel Messi and
And he is now set to move ahead of Fernando
Torres, who moved to Chelsea for €62m in 2011, to
become the most expensive footballer in Britain