Di Maria to join Real Madrid
Real Madrid have agreed to sign Argentina winger Angel Di Maria on a six-year deal. The 22-year-old, who is currently with the Argentina squad at the World Cup in South Africa, will move to the Bernabeu from Benfica for a reported 25 million euros.
A statement on Madrid's official website read: "Real Madrid and Benfica have reached an agreement for the transfer of Angel di Maria. The player will sign a six-year contract with Real Madrid."
Di Maria joined Benfica from Argentinian side Rosario Central in 2007 and helped the Lisbon-based side to a Portuguese league and cup double last season. He won the FIFA U-20 World Cup with Argentina in 2007 and the following year scored the extra-time winner against the Netherlands in the final of the Olympic Games.
Di Maria will add to the wealth of attacking talent at Madrid, joining Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Karim Benzema and Argentina team-mate Gonzalo Higuain as the Spanish giants, under the guidance of new boss Jose Mourinho, look to reclaim the title from Barcelona and make an impact in the UEFA Champions League.
Barca pipped their rivals to the Primera Division crown by three points, and Real were knocked out of the Champions League in the last 16 by Lyon.