Angel di Maria turned down a last-ditch contract offer from Real Madrid worth €6m-a-year deal after being promised significantly more to sign for Manchester United, with a medical and further talks over personal terms with Red Devils now due this afternoon.
Real Madrid began talks with United over a deal for Di Maria last week, but had still not given hope of persuading the Argentine midfield maestro to stay at the Bernabeu and fight for his place.
Di Maria has his heart set on a prominent role at Old Trafford though, with Marca reporting that Madrid's offer of fresh terms was quickly rejected after United came calling with terms that could see the 26-year-old earn a quite incredible €40m over the course of a five-year contract at the Theatre of Dreams.
United smashing their transfer record
Man United fans have been waiting all summer for a marquee summer signing, but should probably concerned by the enormous amount of money being committed to the Di Maria deal.
A British transfer record fee of €75m will be paid up front to sign a playmaker proven at the highest level for both club and country, but the financial outlay doesn't end there.
Madrid will be due a further €15m financial compensation based on performance-related bonus clauses, which include everything from appearances to trophies and Champions League qualification.
Add Di Maria's £180,000-a-week wage packet and United could end up shelling out around €130m over the next five years, and their summer spending spree won't end with this fourth major deal.
Defender still a priority
Red Devils executive-vice president Ed Woodward still wants to recruit two more players before next Monday's transfer deadline, with defensive reinforcements still a priority despite the arrival of Marcos Rojo.
United have look desperately short of defensive cover in their first two Premier League games under the guidance of Louis van Gaal, so expect Woodward and co. to be very busy this week even if Di Maria passes his medical and signs on the dotted line later today.
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