No clues from van Gaal on di Maria

August 25, 2014
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Louis van Gaal has refused to comment on efforts by Manchester United to break the British transfer record to sign Angel di Maria from Real Madrid.

The Spanish capital club announced on Sunday the 26-year-old had said goodbye to his team-mates ahead of an impending move from La Liga and it is now widely reported the fee will eclipse the £50million Chelsea paid Liverpool for striker Fernando Torres in 2011.

"Di Maria has not trained with us today and he came in to say goodbye to the players and people at the club," coach Carlo Ancelotti said.

"There is nothing official yet but it is being sorted out. The decision is his and the club has done what it could to keep him here."

More evidence of United's desperate need for a creative midfield spark was seen in Sunday's 1-1 draw against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. It means the former champions have picked up just one point from their opening two games of the Premier League season.

The former Netherlands coach van Gaal refused to be pinned down on his attempts to sign Argentina international di Maria.

"I think always the club has to announce it," he said. "And when we think it's the right time to form a transfer then we will come to you and say we have bought that player or the other player, but at this time we can't say anything."

He added: "I like [Lionel] Messi also. There are a lot of players in this world that I like but they can't always come to Manchester United."

The Estadio Santiago Bernabeu favourite would become United's fourth signing of the summer, following deals to bring in left-back Luke Shaw, midfielder Ander Herrera and di Maria's Argentina team-mate, Marcos Rojo.

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