Sky Sports report that Angel di Maria will join Manchester United next week 4 years ago

Sky Sports report that Angel di Maria will join Manchester United next week

Guillem Balague claims that the winger will wear the famous no.7 shirt at Old Trafford.

Angel di Maria will become a Manchester United player next week, according to Sky Sports. Spanish football expert Guillem Balague says that United will pay £48m for the 26-year-old from Real Madrid.

"I can exclusively reveal that, as we speak, football agent Jorge Mendes is on a flight from Singapore – where he has been putting to bed the purchase of Valencia by Peter Lim – to Europe, with a view to sealing the sale of Di Maria to United," said Balague.

"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."

Balague revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo has played a central role in persuading the Argentine to move to Manchester.

"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 Louis van Gaal and everyone is expecting that the deal will be closed soon."