Former Manchester United midfielder Ray Wilkins believes that the £70m+ deal for Angel di Maria is a sign of the current desperate state of his old club’s transfer business.
The Red Devils are set to tie up a deal for the Argentine attacker in the coming days after a agreeing a British record fee with Real Madrid.
The sum for the South American is set to be close to £75m, putting his value in the same ballpark as that of Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, who are currently the the three most expensive players of all time.
Although the Di Maria deal could be seen as a signal of intent from United after a frustrating transfer window and a disappointing start to the season, Wilkins believes that the massive fee is a refection of his old side’s desperation:
“At £75million, it seems a lot of money to me,” he told talkSPORT. “It’s quite sad when one club – and I hate using the word regarding Manchester United – becomes so desperate that the transfer fee will be elevated massively.
“This is one case where, all of a sudden, it goes from £50m on Friday to another half of that. So we’ve gone to £75m for a player that can’t get in the first team at Real Madrid.
“He’s extremely talented, but I’m worried about the money. They have to bring a few more in and it could spiral and spiral.
“This is the second year when they haven’t worked quick enough in the transfer market.”