Angel di Maria completed his 75 million euro move from Real Madrid to Manchester United yesterday. It is Los Blancos’ biggest sale ever, eclipsing the 50 million euros Arsenal paid for the services of Mesut Ozil last summer.
Immediately after signing for the Red Devils, di Maria penned a goodbye letter published in Marca, in which is put forward his version of events as to why he was sold. In recent weeks, the official line from the club was that di Maria wanted to leave for a new challenge.
However, the winger revealed he never wanted to leave the club and had fought hard to prolong his stay in the Spanish capital. He stated in his latter that he wanted a fair contract that reflected his standing in the team, something that was promised but never arrived.
AS says today that with the money received from the di Maria deal, Los Blancos will look to tie up the transfer of Radamel Falcao in the coming days. Interest in the Colombian forward is picking up as the end of the transfer window approaches, and Real want to get their man in before anyone else can scupper the deal.
Finally, the club released the new shirt that will be worn in the Champions League. The all-black kit has the image of a dragon on the front of it, and is designed to appeal to fans in China, who are celebrating the year of the dragon.