Man Utd change Di Maria stance

Manchester United have declined to comment over reports that they are close to signing Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria, according to BBC Sport.

It represents a change in stance from the Red Devils as previously, they had privately indicated that they were not interested in signing the Argentina international, who represented his country in the World Cup, but missed the final against Germany due to injury.

Di Maria has rejected a new contract at Real Madrid and has told the European champions that he would like to leave. As a result, he has been linked with several of Europe’s major clubs, with United reported to be preparing to make a £60m bid, which would see them break their club transfer record.

The 26-year-old joined Real Madrid from Benfica in the summer of 2010, following that year’s World Cup. He has since gone on to make 190 appearances, scoring 36 goals and contributing an impressive 87 assists. His contribution has helped them to one La Liga title in 2012, the Copa Del Rey and last season’s Champions League.

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