Loads of Manchester United fans have been reacting on Twitter after a report by Diario Madridista, via The Mirror, suggested they would have to pay a €500m (£450m) release clause to bring Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde to Old Trafford.
Having enjoyed a breakthrough campaign at the Bernabeu Stadium, the La Liga giants clearly have no intention of letting the Uruguay international considering the quite ridiculous fee it is claimed it would take for him to be prised away from the Spanish capital.
The Mirror says that while the Red Devils aren’t expected to go near Valverde’s reported price tag, they are expected to spend heavily during the next transfer window as they look to build on this season – they currently lie just outside of the top four in the Premier League as we wait for the 2019/20 campaign to resume.
Meanwhile, their South American target has scored two goals and provided a further four assists in 32 appearances in all competitions for Real this term.
Many supporters simply laughed off the report, with one individual calling it “bonkers”.
Considering it would be more than double the current world-record £200m fee that took Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona and given what is going on in the world right now, that is a fair conclusion.
Real Madrid wanted Pogba for 60m lol and now they want 500m for valverde lol they are crazy and embarrassing
— butlerryan2146 (@butlerryan21461) March 29, 2020
That’s is crazy with that five hundred million manchester can get like 6 players in
— Mohammed Emad Uddin (@MohammedEmadUd3) March 29, 2020
Lol are you serious
— christopher leighton (@redevil2011) March 29, 2020
Slow news day. No club will spend £450M let alone £200M on any player once the Pandemic is over.
Clubs are still paying ridiculous wages to players with no matchday income coming in, and yet somehow some mental journalist thinks £450M for Valverde makes sense?
B O N K E R S https://t.co/lqXeL2EU2X
— The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) March 29, 2020
— PHAROOQ (@pharooq___) March 29, 2020
We don’t need him
— Mohammed payanki (@MohammedPayanki) March 29, 2020
Others compared the central midfield target with current United man Scott McTominay, who has been a regular fixture in the starting XI for United in 2019/20 – the Scot does have five goals in 27 games for the Red Devils this term.
Some of these comments may come with an added bit of tongue in cheek, but there is certainly little to suggest that Valverde is any better, especially when you take his release clause into consideration.
Imagine buying a poor man McTominay 😂😂😂
— B L A C K—C H Y L D (@ogbasaeed) March 29, 2020
He’s no better than mctominay https://t.co/zbz9NZD9T6
— #BORN #MUFC #FAN (@itzalvinvictor) March 29, 2020
He’s not even better than Mctominay.
— MikeScofield (@MikaelScofield_) March 29, 2020
Others chose to speak about Paul Pogba, who continues to be a divisive character at Old Trafford.
The France international has been linked with a move to Real Madrid countless times, with one fan suggesting a swap deal.
Another suggestesd that if Valverde is going to cost £450m, then Pogba must be worth £750m. Silly season, indeed.
Pogba would be 750 then
— Abdurrauf (@Abdurraufibrah) March 29, 2020
Swap with Pogba https://t.co/Siom423Sjb
— Alawi (@alawiabdul) March 29, 2020
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