Angel Di Maria set to move to Manchester United in potential £60 million transfer from Real Madrid
Van Gaal finally set to land hid man
Manchester United are in advanced talks to sign Angel Di María from Real Madrid for a transfer fee which could rise as high as £60 million.
If the fee is agreed and comes close to that figure it would smash the record paid by a Premier League club - £50 million by Chelsea to Liverpool for Fernando Torres – and would be a real statement of intent by United who hope to make three signings before the transfer window closes.
Di María would be an important addition to the United squad having been informed he can leave Real and with Paris Saint-Germain having walked away – for now – after coming close to agreeing deal for the 26-year-old Argentinian.
Negotiations were re-opened on Thursday with United, until that point, having balked at Real’s asking price and also Di María’s personal demands.
But despite having opened talks to sign a possible alternative, Shakhtar Donetsk’s Douglas Costa, United have decided to take the plunge and make an enquiry for Di María.
United have been encouraged by the player and Real that a deal can now be concluded although Douglas remains a possible, cheaper target although the Brazilian is also wanted by Atlético Madrid, Roma, AC Milan and Monaco.
United are prepared to sell Danny Welbeck, who would prefer to stay but would consider a move to Everton or Tottenham Hotspur, and remain in the market for defenders.
They could still move for Roma’s Mehdi Benatia or Ajax’s Daley Blind.
There is a long list of players United are prepared to sell, but they are struggling to find suitors given their high wages.
Welbeck is not a high earner but could command a big fee and while his departure would be a surprise, Van Gaal is considering using Adnan Januzaj through the middle and could also promote 18-year-old James Wilson.