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.

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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.”