$107m Di Maria deal close

LONDON Manchester United hopes to seal a £60 million ($107 million) record transfer for Angel Di Maria by Wednesday after the Argentinian winger confirmed to  Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti that he was leaving.

Despite efforts by Real  to increase Di Maria's valuation to £75million – just £5 million short of the world record fee received by United from Real for Cristiano Ronaldo in June 2009 – United was confident  a deal in the region of £60 million could be struck.

With United manager Louis van Gaal determined to make further additions to his squad before the transfer deadline on Monday, the club is expected to pursue AC Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong and the Ajax defender Daley Blind once Di Maria has been secured.

Telegraph, London