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The Old Trafford club have made a breakthrough in their pursuit of the Real Madrid winger, with negotiations set to continue on Monday as they close in on the Argentine

By Paul Clennam

Manchester United may have to spend a staggering £150 million to wrap up a deal for Real Madrid forward Angel Di Maria.

Goal understands United have edged closer to the signing of the Argentina international, who is keen to link up with Louis van Gaal.

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And the Old Trafford club are facing a significant outlay if they are to secure the signature of the 26-year-old winger.

Madrid are aiming to receive somewhere in the region of £70m and £75m for Di Maria, though the initial fee paid by United could be lower with bonuses and add-ons supplementing the deal.

Di Maria, meanwhile, could pocket a £5m signing-on fee and sign a five-year contract worth close to the £300,000-a-week wage earned by Wayne Rooney.

United have secured just three signings this summer, bringing in Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao for around £29m, left-back Luke Shaw in a deal which could rise to £31m, and £16m Argentina defender Marcos Rojo.

After a disappointing transfer window so far, the pressure is on Old Trafford executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to complete a move for Di Maria.

Indeed, Woodward is understood to be desperate to seal the signing of the winger, who has been a target for United over several weeks.

Di Maria has moved ever closer to a Madrid exit as the start of the new season in Spain has approached.

The winger was not in the squad for the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup defeat to rivals Atletico, and Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed the player has said his goodbyes ahead of his departure.

"Di Maria didn't train train [on Sunday], he came just to say goodbye," Ancelotti told reporters. "It is not official, but everything is solved. We thanked him for what he has given the club and we wished him good luck.

"Personally, I have had very good relationship with Di Maria. He has done a fantastic job at Real Madrid. We are able to replace him very well. It was his decision, because the club did everything possible, offering everything they could to have him here. He decided otherwise, so good luck to him."

Negotiations to complete the deal are set to continue on Sunday.

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