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Football: Manchester United agree British record $124m fee for Di Maria: Reports

Published on Aug 26, 2014 6:16 AM
In this file picture taken on April 16, 2014, Real Madrid's Argentinian midfielder Angel di Maria celebrates after scoring during the Spanish Copa del Rey (King's Cup) final football match against FC Barcelona at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Manchester United have agreed a British record transfer fee of £59.7 million (S$124 million) to sign Argentina midfielder Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid according to British media reports on Monday.

Several media outlets, including the BBC, reported that United have finally sealed a deal for Di Maria after several days of negotiations with the Spanish club.

The 26-year-old was said to have been seen arriving at United's training ground on Monday evening as he prepares to put pen to paper on a reported five-year contract worth an estimated £200,000-a-week.

Di Maria's move to Old Trafford is expected to be completed on Tuesday and will shatter the previous British record fee of £50 million paid by Chelsea to sign Spain striker Fernando Torres from Liverpool in 2011.

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