According to Sky Sports, Real Madrid and Argentina midfielder Angel Di Maria has already said goodbye to his Los Blancos teammates ahead of a £56million British-record move to Manchester United.
Di Maria is believed to have been a long-term target of United and it appears they could finally get their man.
There are not that many players that you could consider true marquee signings, but Di Maria would be one of them.
His talent is rather overshadowed at the Bernabeu because of the presence of higher-profile players Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.
The summer arrivals in the Spanish capital of Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez looked to have signalled the end for Di Maria’s Real Madrid career.
While Bale and Ronaldo get the glory Di Maria is slightly lower key with the work he does. Last season he produced more assists than any other player in the top European leagues, creating 17 goals for his teammates and scoring four goals in the Spanish top-flight.
Di Maria also played a big part in Real achieving La Decima, by beating arch-rivals Atletico Madrid 4-1 in the Champions League final last season.
At Real Madrid he is living in the shadow of the higher-profile names. At Manchester United he will be considered a star, which as a footballer he really does deserve.
Manchester United are without doubt one of the biggest clubs in the world, but they have not behaved in the manner of a big club in the transfer market in recent years. While the Spanish giants of Barcelona and Real Madrid have spent big on top talent, United have failed to sign star players.
Last season they were missing a star player. Dutch star Robin van Persie was troubled by injury, while England striker Wayne Rooney enjoyed a decent season without being spectacular. Every fan loves a star player and the current United team are missing those at the moment.
Angel Di Maria will come to United and be that star player, the player that United fans turned out to watch. The 26-year-old will be that star attraction that United fans have craved in the last few years and hopefully give the Old Trafford faithful the lift they need after a terrible season under David Moyes, and a poor opening game of the season under Louis van Gaal.
Angel Di Maria displayed his versatility last season, playing for much of the campaign in the centre of midfield, after being considered a winger for the majority of his career. However he has a good football brain and is not scared to put his foot in, even if he does have a flair for the dramatic when he is tackled himself.
Even when Manchester United won the Premier League title in 2013, the team was considered to lack creativity. The Red Devils midfield lacked a cutting edge and somebody who could create the necessary for the club to be successful at the highest level, i.e. the Champions League.
Signing Angel Di Maria should go some way to solving that lack of creativity in the United midfield. As his stats show he is a player that will create chances for his teammates.
The signing of Di Maria would be a very expensive one, a British-record fee in fact. However, signing a player the quality of Di Maria is the lift that the whole club needs. He could well be worth every penny of that transfer fee if he can improve the team’s performances and morale.
There is no question in my mind that Angel Di Maria will be good signing for Manchester United. He is the sort of quality player that the Red Devils should be signing. Boss Louis van Gaal and United fans will be hoping that Di Maria is not the last quality player to arrive before the transfer window shuts.
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