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Manchester United sign Angel Di Maria in record British deal

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LONDON- Manchester United have signed Argentina midfielder Angel di Maria from Real Madrid for a British record transfer fee of STG59.7 million ($A108.97 million), the English Premiership club announced on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old's move, on a five-year contract, shatters the previous British record fee of STG50 million ($A91.27 million) paid by Chelsea to sign Spain striker Fernando Torres from Liverpool in 2011.

"Angel is a world-class midfielder but most importantly he is a team player. There is no doubting his immense natural talent," United manager Louis van Gaal said.

Angel Di Maria celebrates scoring against Switzerland during the World Cup.

Angel Di Maria celebrates scoring against Switzerland during the World Cup. Photo: Reuters

"He is a tremendously fast and incisive left-footed player who puts fear into the most accomplished defence," the Dutchman explained.

"His dribbling skills and his ability to take on and beat opponents are a joy to watch. He is an excellent addition to the team."

Meanwhile di Maria said it was van Gaal's "vision" for the English giants that had persuaded him to move to Old Trafford, even though United, are not in this season's Champions League following their unexpectedly lowly seventh place in last term's Premier League.

"I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester United," di Maria said. "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Spain and there were a lot of clubs interested in me, but United is the only club that I would have left Real Madrid for.

"Louis van Gaal is a fantastic coach with a proven track record of success and I am impressed by the vision and determination everyone has to get this club back to the top -- where it belongs. I now just cannot wait to get started."

Di Maria came through one of the most celebrated youth academies in Argentinian football in Rosario Central.

In 2007, he joined Portuguese club Benfica, before signing for Real Madrid in 2010.

The Argentina international has scored 10 goals in 52 appearances for his country.

His arrival in Manchester is the headline deal of United's overhaul under new manager van Gaal, who had already spent a combined STG72 million ($A131.42 million) on England left-back Luke Shaw, Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera and Di Maria's Argentina team-mate Marcos Rojo, who is also left-footed like him.

Di Maria could make his debut at Burnley on Saturday as van Gaal looks to revitalise a United team still without a win after the first two games of the new Premier League campaign.

Di Maria has an impressive pedigree after winning the Champions League with Real last season and the Spanish title in 2012.

He was also named on FIFA's 10-man shortlist for the best player at the recent World Cup where Argentina reached the final, although he was unable to play in that game or the semi-final because of an injury he suffered in the quarter-final win over Belgium.

-AFP

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