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Official: Manchester United breaks transfer record, signs Di Maria

Aug 26, 2014, 1:58 PM EDT

Angel Di Maria has cost Manchester United a British transfer record of more than $98 million from Real Madrid.

It’s been quite a year for Di Maria. He was the Man of the Match at the UEFA Champions League final and scored a memorable 118th minute winner for Argentina against Switzerland in the knockout rounds of the World Cup.

He’s an Olympic gold medal winner, a La Liga title winner, a UCL winner and a World Cup runner-up. And now he’ll be providing service and opening up the field for Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata.

Louis van Gaal’s comments were glowing, “Angel is a world-class midfielder… there’s no doubting his immense natural talent. His dribbling skills and ability to beat opponents are a joy to watch. He’s an excellent addition.”

Look out, Premier League, Manchester United just improved its service ten-fold.

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