Angel Di Maria has arrived at Manchester United's Carrington training ground and is ready to complete his £59.7 million deal from Real Madrid, according to the British press.
Di Maria's fee will rise depending on performances and if the player captures the Ballon d'Or prize, per Simon Jones of the Daily Mail, who detailed the winger's movements on Monday night:
"The Argentina international posed with fans at Madrid airport on Monday afternoon prior to flying into Manchester on a private plane to meet up with United manager Louis Van Gaal late last night," wrote Jones.
David McDonnell of the Mirror confirmed Di Maria has arrived at United's headquarters, while Sky Sports News tweeted he will undergo a medical on Tuesday:
United fans are obviously clamouring for the signing of the 26-year-old. Grant Miles of the Daily Mail reported the official club shop has run out of the letter "R" to print on replica shirts, such is the sudden popularity in paying for the player's name.
Miles also provided a smidgen of extra information with regards to Di Maria's contract. He indicated the former Benfica man will be earning £200,000 per week at Old Trafford, and that United hope to have his work permit confirmed by noon on Friday.
This comes after a further delay with Marcos Rojo's application, who is now ruled out of Tuesday's match with MK Dons due to continued problems with his work permit, as reported by Mark Ogden of The Telegraph (subscription required).
Di Maria will hope to make his United debut away at Burnley on Saturday. His arrival addresses the club's need for a world-class quality winger and provides Van Gaal with greater options at this difficult time. United have grabbed just one point from their opening two Premier League games and continue to play lethargically in 3-5-2, having failed to establish the excellent rhythm set during pre-season.
A lack of pace and genuine threat halted their progress during the 1-1 draw with Sunderland, but Di Maria can be expected to add incision across the pitch. His ability to pick the ball up and drive forward will come in handy for the likes of Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata, who spent most of their last appearance dropping deep and facing their own goal.
United appeared most threatening when Danny Welbeck entered the fray against the Black Cats. His willingness to skip forward in possession provided a little more impetus and may have Everton eyeing his potential transfer with greater haste, per ESPN.
Di Maria can play on either flank, alongside the striker or through the middle. Van Gaal may be tempted to use him in a full-back position, where he's unlikely to get the best from last season's Champions League winner.
The tricky player continues to add facets to his game, as seen with his successful transition to central midfield last season. Van Gaal has purchased someone whose versatility is underrated by casual viewers. As noted by Tim Vickery of BBC Sport, "What makes him worth such status is the developing maturity of his game."
Di Maria is certainly not the answer to United's need for additional defenders and a midfield destroyer, but then again, Alexis Sanchez was never going to plug Arsenal's back line either. He is, however, part of a long-term plan to improve Van Gaal's dwindling squad. If the Dutchman waited until January to land Di Maria, it's unlikely he would be available.
United supporters will certainly feel something of a morale boost, but further signings are needed in the six days before the transfer window shuts. Di Maria's name could be key to attracting further world-class players, as his arrival sends the message out that big name stars still want to play for Manchester United.
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