Angel Di Maria
Angel Di Maria has become the most expensive player in British football Getty

Angel Di Maria has become the most expensive player in British football after completing his £59.7m move to Manchester United.

The Argentine winger signed a five year contract at Old Trafford worth a reported £200,000-a-week and becomes United's fourth summer signing.

Di Maria told the club's official website: I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester United. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Spain and there were a lot of clubs interested in me, but United is the only club that I would have left Real Madrid for.

"Louis van Gaal is a fantastic coach with a proven track record of success and I am impressed by the vision and determination everyone has to get this club back to the top – where it belongs. I now just cannot wait to get started."

Di Maria flew into Manchester on Monday and was later spotted heading into United's Carrington training ground where he met manager Louis van Gaal.

Paris Saint-Germain had also been tracking Di Maria but reports claim former Madrid team mate, and former United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo sold the idea of Old Trafford to him.

"Angel is a world-class midfielder but most importantly he is a team player," van Gaal said of the Argentine's arrival. "There is no doubting his immense natural talent.

"He is a tremendously fast and incisive left-footed player who puts fear into the most accomplished defence. His dribbling skills and his ability to take on and beat opponents are a joy to watch. He is an excellent addition to the team."

The 26-year-old is expected to make his debut on Saturday when United look to kick-start their stuttering Premier League campaign away at Burnley.

United have gained just one point from their first two matches so far this season.

Chief executive Ed Woodward said earlier this summer United were in a position to break the British transfer record and now that Di Maria has been added to their ranks, the Old Trafford club has spent £132m on Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo.

Di Maria joined Madrid in 2010 from Benfica for €25m (£19.9m) plus incentives and went on to make 124 appearances for Los Blancos, scoring 22 goals.

He was instrumental in Madrid finally winning their tenth Champions League last season and leaves the Bernabeu with one La Liga title and two Copa Del Reys.

With less than a week until the transfer window slams shut, United are still being linked with Daley Blind of Ajax and Arturo Vidal of Juventus.