An update from Spanish radio might have Manchester United fans sweating over a deal for Angle Di Maria.
Manchester United face a massive week and a bit in the transfer window, with big names expected to come in at Old Trafford. One name that is seemingly done is Angel Di Maria. The Argentine has told Real Madrid he wants to leave the club and yesterday it was reported that the move is on the brink of completion, with a fee in the region of £56 million.
One of the first sources to begin insisting that this deal would be done were Spanish radio station Cadena Cope. They have been reporting the Manchester United interest regularly for the past couple of weeks, and today they are at it again - but not with specifically good news for United fans.
Man Utd offered €60M but Real Madrid wanted €70M for Di Maria. His agent will travel to England to close the transfer. [Cadena COPE]— SocialRMadrid (@SocialRMadrid) August 24, 2014
They are reporting that despite a mutual belief to get this deal done the agreement is not yet in place, because Manchester United and Real Madrid are €10 million out in their valuation for the player.
Real want €70 million for the player, but United are reluctant to spend more than €60 million, a fee that would smash the British transfer record.
So what is €10 million between friends? Consider that fee could buy you an experienced centre back, or a small island, it is quite a big deal.
However, that said, the teams both want a deal done so a compromise is certainly likely before the end of the Transfer Window. Negotiations should begin to get much smoother with the return of Di Maria's agent from Singapore, who will be expected to iron out the details of one of the biggest transfers in Premier League history.
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