Manchester United appears poised to smash its transfer fee record and the BPL record in signing Argentine international winger Angel Di Maria for upwards of 60 million pounds from Real Madrid.
Sky Sports' Spanish correspondent Guillem Balague reports that the deal will be completed early next week with the 26-year-old being handed United's iconic number-seven shirt.
Real manager Carlo Ancelotti confirmed on Thursday that Di Maria had turned down a new deal with the Champions League holders, finding his playing time limited with the arrival of James Rodriguez from Porto.
"Di Maria asked to go in the summer and has rejected an offer from the club," Ancelotti said at a press conference. "The player has to look for a solution. If when the [transfer] market closes he's still here, he will work with us like last season and there will be no problem."
Di Maria did not dress in Real's 1-0 loss to Spanish champions Atletico Madrid in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup, but Ancelotti claimed that it was for strategic reasons and not because a transfer was imminent.
"It was a technical decision not to play Di Maria," Ancelotti said after the defeat. "I did not need him today."
Di Maria has scored 22 times in 122 appearances for Real since coming over from Benfica in 2010 and was key in the club's march to last year's Champions League. He missed Argentina's World Cup 1-0 final loss to Germany due to injury.
If the deal is completed, Di Maria would become United manager Louis van Gaal's fourth signing of the summer, following the arrivals of Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera and Di Maria's Argentina teammate, Marcos Rojo.
United is next in BPL action on Sunday when they visit Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.