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Manchester United confirm Angel di Maria transfer for record fee

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Manchester United have confirmed that they've completed the signing of Real Madrid winger Angel di Maria for a British record transfer fee of £59.7 million.

The Argentinian has put pen to paper on a five year deal at Old Trafford, with reports suggesting is worth €8 million a season after tax, which works out at around £250,000-per-week overall.

Official

A statement on the Manchester United website read: "Manchester United is delighted to announce that Angel Di Maria has completed his transfer for a British record fee of £59.7million. Angel joins on a five-year contract.

"Di Maria, 26, began his career at one of the most prolific youth academies in Argentinian football, Rosario Central. In 2007, he moved to Europe to play for Portuguese club Benfica, before signing for Real Madrid in 2010. The Argentina international has 52 caps for his national team, scoring 10 goals."

New arrivals

Di Maria is the fourth player to sign for Manchester United this summer following the arrivals of Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo.

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He won six trophies during his time at Real Madrid including La Liga and the Champions League, and made 133 appearances in his three seasons at the Bernabeu. 

The former Real Madrid ace said after completing his move:  "I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester United. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Spain and there were a lot of clubs interested in me, but United is the only club that I would have left Real Madrid for.

Praise

"Louis van Gaal is a fantastic coach with a proven track record of success and I am impressed by the vision and determination everyone has to get this club back to the top – where it belongs. I now just cannot wait to get started."

The deal means that Manchester United now have two players in the top five most expensive British transfers of all time, with Juan Mata in 5th behind Sergio Aguero (£38 million to Manchester City), Mesut Ozil (£42 million to Arsenal) and Fernando Torres (£50 million to Chelsea).

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal said he was delighted to land the 26-year-old, who starred for Argentina at the World Cup and was man of the match in Real Madrid's Champions League victory last season.

Delighted

"Angel is a world-class midfielder but most importantly he is a team player," the Dutch boss said. There is no doubting his immense natural talent.

"He is a tremendously fast and incisive left-footed player who puts fear into the most accomplished defence. His dribbling skills and his ability to take on and beat opponents are a joy to watch. He is an excellent addition to the team."

The Red Devils' spending isn't expected to stop there and could well reach the £200 million mark before the close of the window next month. 

It is being reported that they will now target a move for Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal who could cost around £40 million, while Ajax ace Daley Blind is also on their radar. They take on MK Dons in the Capital One Cup this evening.

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