As featured on NewsNow: Football news

Di Maria rejects Man City after they meet buyout clause

Benfica star Angel di Maria has rejected a £38 million move to Manchester City.

The News of the World says the Eastlands club agreed to meet his buyout clause at Benfica, which would trigger a record British transfer fee.

But Di Maria, 21, declined a move that would have beaten the previous record of £32.5m City paid Real Madrid for Robinho.

Undaunted, City are certain to be back in the summer for the player, who rejected a switch this month as he wants to help Benfica win the title.

A source in Lisbon said: "City offered the amount required to trigger a release clause in Di Maria's contract but the boy is loyal to Benfica.

"But everyone at Benfica accepts that he will move on sooner rather than later."

Video of the day:

About the author

Tribal Football Staff

Have your say
×

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

  1. Go Ad-Free
  2. Faster site experience
  3. Support great writing
  4. Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free
×

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free