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Angel Di Maria close to Manchester Utd move! (Sourced from Sky Sports)

Manchester United are very close to signing Real Madrid winger Angel di Maria for a fee of £63.9 million, Sky Sports Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has exclusively revealed.

There is finally some significant movement in the seemingly never ending, ‘Will he stay or will he go’ saga of Angel di Maria. It now looks certain that he will leave Real Madrid and become a Manchester United player. The final meetings will take place at the beginning of next week.

United will pay £63.9 million for the player who shone at Real Madrid last season leading them to the Champions League final.

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“So advanced, in fact, are the negotiations that it has already been agreed that Di Maria will wear the number seven shirt, worn in the past by no lesser players than David Beckham, Eric Cantona, Cristiano Ronaldo, George Best and Bryan Robson.”

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The talks between the two clubs are so advanced it has been suggested that Di Maria will wear the number seven shirt, worn in the past by no lesser players than David Beckham, Eric Cantona, Cristiano Ronaldo, George Best and Bryan Robson.

As soon as Di Maria knew of Manchester United’s interest he was very excited about the possibility of coming to Old Trafford, however pretty upset the way Real Madrid had treated the Argentina star.

At first Paris Saint-Germain showed interest in singing him and said they were prepared to meet his wage demands of 8m Euros a year net but the deal offered by United was much more interesting to him.

Firstly, United is a club with much more prestige throughout Europe, and secondly, it’s a new project where he knows he will be one of the leaders. Cristiano Ronaldo has also told him some great things about United and has succeeded in persuading him that it is a good option even though the club is not playing in Europe this season.

He is also very excited about the prospect of working with manager Louis van Gaal and everyone is expecting that the deal will be closed soon.

There is agreement between the club and the player and it is expected that the announcement will soon be made official because the positions of the two clubs are thought to be very close. United accept the valuation of the player above the 60m mark (Real paid 36 million to Benfica in 2010). The final cost of his transfer will depend on variables.

There is absolutely no chance of Di Maria staying at Real Madrid, because despite just about everyone from all the players to the technical staff rating him very highly, Real Madrid have decided, primarily via their president Florentino Perez, that Di Maria cannot carry on at the club.

It is also thought that as soon as Di Maria confirms that he will become a United player he will write a farewell letter to the Madrid fans explaining the reasons for his departure.

He is very excited by the prospect and he is just the sort of player that Van Gaal is looking for.


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Louis Van Gaal – Inherited a ‘Broken Squad’ (Sourced from ESPN)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal claims he has inherited an unbalanced and “broken” squad. Apparently he will attempt to repair the squad by removing the likes of Fellaini and Anderson.

Van Gaal denied that succeeding David Moyes would be easier than following Sir Alex Ferguson, who won 13 titles in 26 years at Old Trafford.

In the Dutchman’s eyes, Ferguson left Moyes with a team of winners. He says he is inheriting a “broken” squad awash with attacking midfielders.

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“No,” Van Gaal said when asked whether following Ferguson would have been harder. “I don’t agree. I had to follow Bobby Robson at Barcelona the year after he won three titles and there wasn’t a problem (Van Gaal won the league that year).

“When there is success you have a very good squad, and now I have to follow and the squad was broken I think.

“When you look at the squad, there is quality. There is [Wayne] Rooney, [Robin] van Persie, [Javier] Hernandez, [Danny] Welbeck, but you also see Juan Mata, Fellaini, and you see [Ander] Herrera. There are a lot of players that can play in the same position.

“It is not in balance. It’s more difficult to succeed in a difficult situation than in a fantastic situation.”

Van Gaal will look to address the imbalance in his squad by moving Fellaini on with reports suggesting, again, that he has made it clear to senior United figures that the £27.5-million signing by Moyes does not feature in his plans.

Napoli are said to be interested in the Belgium midfielder, who returned to training at United’s Carrington training base on Monday, and United are reportedly prepare to take a hit on the price they paid for him, being ready to sell for around £13m. However, Napoli manager Rafael Benitez is thought to prefer a loan deal.

Van Gaal will also address the squad imbalance by trying to sign at least two players over the next three weeks – rumoured to be Thomas Vermaelen and Mats Hummels.

He has been monitoring the recovery of injured Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman, who is valued at £79m, while the club is also thought to be keeping tabs on Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria.

Van Gaal insists he will not pay over the odds for any transfer targets though after spending more than £50 million on Herrera and Luke Shaw this summer. The manager has been told he can break transfer records

“I don’t buy players for buying players – I buy players to improve my selection,” Van Gaal said. “First I have to see what we need in all the positions from the system we shall play. At this moment, I don’t know for sure if we will play this system [4-3-3].

“When we play 4-3-3 we will use more or less the same players. But I will need more specialists on the wings and more attacking players – then, we have to buy another type of player.”

United fans can expect Van Gaal to use that particular system more often as it means he can accommodate Rooney, Van Persie and club-record signing Mata in the same team.

“That is one argument for why I choose this system – then, I can play them all. That’s also important but we don’t forget all the others. Hernandez can also play in the striker’s position, Welbeck can also play in the striker’s position and maybe Will Keane can play in that position,” Van Gaal said.

“Rooney can play No.10 and No.9 and he said to me he can also play No.11 and No.7. But I like him more at No.9 or No.10.”

Rooney impressed in the club’s recent friendly victory against Roma and earned special praise from his manager. The England striker is desperate to claim the United captaincy and wants to star under Van Gaal. However, his manager insists he still needs more time to determine who will captain his side in the new season.

“For me the choice of the captain is always very important. He is the captain on the pitch and he can enlarge my influence but he needs to have the same philosophy and way of seeing life. It’s not simple to choose so I need time to do that,” Van Gaal said.

“It’s dependable on personality. The captain doesn’t have to be the most senior player. For me, it’s more about the personality and mentality and the way he stands in life is very important.”

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