Eager Manchester United supporters will have to wait to get their hands on personalised shirts sporting the name of imminent signing Angel di Maria after the club superstore ran out of the latter ‘R’ ahead of his arrival.
Manchester United have a agreed a British record transfer fee of £59.7 million for the acquisition of Di Maria from Real Madrid, while the Argentina international will earn around £200,000-per-week over the duration of a five-year deal.
But such is the clamour to greet the arrival that Manchester United’s marquee club shop is unable to fulfil the demands of supporters who want Di Maria’s name and number printed on the back of the new away strip.
As reported by the Daily Mail, a sign was placed outside the store explaining that black letter ‘R’s are currently unavailable. Fans can, however, have Di Maria printed on the red home shirt, along with the iconic No.7.
Di Maria has been granted the privilege of taking the most coveted of Manchester United numbers, which has previously been worn by the likes of George Best, Bryan Robson, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.
It was the latter, meanwhile, who played a significant role in convincing Di Maria that he ought to pursue a move to Manchester United instead of Paris Saint-Germain, who had also been interested in his signature.
More deals to be done?
The deal for Di Maria will take the club’s spending for this summer transfer window beyond £160 million, although there would still appear to be plenty of work to be done before the deadline in a week’s time.
Defence remains a concern, as has been apparent in each of their two Premier League fixtures so far, and despite the signing of Marcos Rojo it would seem that another central defender is needed to bolster the ranks.
But perhaps more pressing is the need for another central midfielder. A combative and energetic player to slot next to Ander Herrera, while injuries to both Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini have further highlighted a requirement to reinforce.
Arturo Vidal has been extensively linked, but time is running out of Manchester United are indeed to sign the coveted Chile international from Juventus.