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Angel Di Maria signing gets thumbs up from Manchester United stars

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Manchester United officials held discussions with Wayne Rooney, Robin Van Persie and Juan Mata to sound out their thoughts on signing Angel Di Maria.

And according to the Daily Star, all three gave the thumbs up to the signing, with Di Maria today expected to complete the move having undergone a medical at United's Carrington training ground.

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Di Maria deal

The 26-year-old arrived in Manchester this week after Real Madrid and Manchester United agreed a £60m fee. The Argentine international is set to take on the number seven shirt at Old Trafford, and according to Marca, Mata, Rooney and RVP all can't wait to play alongside the 26-year-old.

The three big United attackers want Di Maria in as United push for a return to the Champions League. But their campaign has got off to a poor start with a draw to Sunderland and a defeat to Swansea in their opening two games.

The transfer should be completed at some point this week, with Louis Van Gaal and Di Maria set to meet for the first time today.

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The negotiations

After Real Madrid initially asked for £75m, Manchester United negotiated them down to around £60m - the report claims United will still be smashing the British transfer record, which currently stands at the £50m Chelsea paid Liverpool for Fernando Torres.

It's interesting that Mata is supposedly on board with the signing, as a Daily Telegraph report today claimed the Spaniard could be the odd man out in a Van Gaal reshuffle.

Once Di Maria is signed and settled, the Real Madrid star may lead Van Gaal to revert to his preferred 4-3-3 formation. In that set-up, Di Maria would likely play out wide, with Robin Van Persie through the middle.

That would leave Rooney and Mata competing for the same position - they both thrive in the central attacking midfield spot. Rooney would have the advantage. He's club captain and is a far superior goalscoring threat.

Real Madrid made Di Maria available having signed James Rodriguez from Monaco for £63m after the Colombian international enjoyed a magnificent World Cup. Rodriguez was the competition's top scorer, and joins Real Madrid as part of their vaunted midfield.

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