United's Angel Di Maria Becomes Largest Incoming Transfer in EPL History

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffAugust 27, 2014

Argentina's Angel di Maria reacts after missing a chance to score during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Argentina and Switzerland at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Argentina beat Switzerland 1-0 after extra time.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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With his move from Real Madrid to Manchester United finalized, midfielder Angel Di Maria has become the most expensive incoming transfer in British footballing history, per Sky Sports News HQ on Twitter.

Di Maria's transfer fee of £59.7 million (about $99 million) bests the £50 million sent from Chelsea to Liverpool back in 2011 in exchange for forward Fernando Torres.

The prior record for a non-EPL player heading to Britain was £42.4 million, paid from Arsenal to Real Madrid last summer for midfielder Mesut Ozil.

As the most expensive player in both British and Manchester United history, Di Maria will be subject to the loftiest of expectations upon his arrival at Old Trafford.

Already one of the more highly regarded midfielders in the world, Di Maria boosted his stock with a strong World Cup showing, despite missing Argentina's final two matches due to a thigh injury. Though he missed both the semi-final and the final, the left-footed Argentine made FIFA's 10-man shortlist for the Golden Ball award.

While it was Argentina teammate Lionel Messi who controversially took the award home, Di Maria was equally critical to his nation's success. The two superstars teamed up for one of the tournament's most memorable moments in the round of 16, when Di Maria scored a 118th-minute winner against Switzerland, with Messi providing the assist.

Di Maria will try to bring some of that magic to Manchester United, a side undoubtedly in need of a spark.