Last Updated: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 09:00
Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Angel di Maria after agreeing a British-record transfer fee with Real Madrid.
United have been heavily linked with a move for the Argentine international in recent weeks, but it looks as though a deal is finally on the verge of going through.
Real coach Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed Di Maria has turned down the offer of a new deal and has asked to leave the European Champions, and a move to United is now on the cards.
The Reds will pay as much as £55million, according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.
"At long last there is significant movement in the seemingly never ending, 'Will he stay or will he go' saga of Angel di Maria," he told Sky Sports.
"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.
"So advanced, in fact, are the negotiations that it has already been agreed that Di Maria 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.
"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 Maria to United."
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