Guillem Balague gives Di Maria update; Gary Neville jumps in

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Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague claims that Manchester United are close to signing Angel di Maria from Real Madrid, while Gary Neville backs the club’s move.

Real Madrid winger Angel di Maria is ‘very, very close’ to joining Manchester United, according to respected Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague.

Balague, who works for Sky Sports and AS, claims that the Argentina international winger will cost the Red Devils over €60 million and will wear the number 7 shirt.

United have long been linked with a move for the 26-year-old, who was also on the radar of Paris Saint-Germain. However, PSG’s failure to cough up the cash due to Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations meant that the Manchester outfit went to the head of the queue.

All that has been well-documented, but what is new information is Cristiano Ronaldo advising Di Maria to join United. The 29-year-old Portugal international played for the 20-time English champions for six years between 2003 and 2009 before moving to Spain.

It was earlier reported in the Spanish media that Ronaldo wanted Di Maria to remain at the Santiago Bernabeu, but it appears that he has advised his teammate to join his former club since he is apparently determined to leave.

Whatever the case be, the news has certainly led to one former United star purring. Gary Neville has given his thought on the prospect of Di Maria playing in manager Louis van Gaal’s team this season.

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