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United and Madrid agree fee for Di Maria

Miguel Delaney | ESPN FC
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Where will Di Maria fit in at United?

Manchester United and Real Madrid have finally agreed a fee for Angel Di Maria's pending move to Old Trafford, sources in Spain have told ESPN.

United will pay almost £60 million (€75m) upfront, with up to £12m (€15m) of add-ons and incentives attached, split into three potential payments of €5m.

ESPN was informed by Spanish sources that, with the way the deal would be structured, United will most likely end up paying around £64m (€80m) for the 26-year-old.

United boss Louis van Gaal, speaking after his side's 1-1 draw with Sunderland on Sunday, remained coy over the deal.

He told Sky Sports: "I think always the club has to announce it and when we are thinking it's the right time for a transfer then we come to you and say, 'OK, we have bought that player or the other player,' but at this time we cannot say anything."

He confirmed he was a fan of Di Maria but added: "I like [Lionel] Messi also. I like [Arturo] Vidal also. We have a lot of players in this world that I like but they cannot come always to Manchester United."

It remains to be seen whether the figure for Di Maria will tally with the figures publicly released by United, given recent disputes over exact money paid in deals between English clubs and the Spanish giants, most notably those for Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale.

The stated fee would match what Madrid paid to sign James Rodriguez from Monaco earlier this summer, and would help club president Florentino Perez to appease the club's fans amid dissatisfaction at the sale of Di Maria.

The Argentina winger is expected to travel to Manchester to complete the deal on Monday and has been promised the No.7 shirt at Old Trafford. He is expected to sign a five or six-year deal.

Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti had confirmed earlier on Sunday that Di Maria is on his way out of the Bernabeu.

"It is not fully done, but he is close to a transfer," Ancelotti said. "He came to say goodbye. We thanked him for what he has done for this team and we wished him luck for the future. It is not official, but it is resolved."

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