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Football: Manchester United set to sign Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria - reports

Published on Aug 24, 2014 4:57 PM
Real Madrid's Argentinian midfielder Angel di Maria (right) vies with Atletico Madrid's midfielder Raul Garcia during the Spanish Supercup first-leg football match Real Madrid CF vs Club Atletico de Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on Aug 19, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) – Manchester United are close to signing Real Madrid’s Argentina winger Angel Di Maria in a deal that is expected to smash the British transfer record, according to media reports.

British newspapers said a move for the 26-year-old is likely to cost more than the 50 million pounds (S$103.5 million) Chelsea paid Liverpool for Spain striker Fernando Torres in 2011.

Di Maria cost Real 20 million pounds from Benfica in 2010 and he was a key part of the team that won the club’s 10th European Cup last term but he has since fallen out of favour and was omitted from the squad for the Spanish Super Cup this week.

The Argentine, who looked strong in pre-season after suffering a thigh injury in the World Cup quarter-finals which forced him out of the tournament, has turned down a new deal at the Bernabeu having been linked with the Premier League.

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