Stan Collymore on why di Maria purchase could be bad news for United

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In the latest Manchester United transfer news, Angel di Maria has arrived for a £59.7 million fee - but Premier League analyst talks up the bigger picture.

Angel di Maria is a luxury signing for Manchester United and, because of the exorbitant nature of the former Real Madrid star's price-tag, all other selling clubs will now maximise the potential revenue stream should Louis van Gaal put in a request to recruit a player for a more pressing problem area - such as a midfield battler of an accomplished centre back.

That is the view of Stan Collymore, who wrote extensively about the £59.7 million deal, as reported by BBC Sport overnight.

"Di Maria… Crazy from Manchester United," Collymore wrote on his official social media account that attracts 650,000 followers. "He is a player you get when you've built solidity. [This transfer] looks like they're pacifying [fans] rather than building cohesively."

He added: "That's £150 million on Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata, Ander Herrera and Angel di Maria, yet seemingly no interest in seriously breaking the bank on a combat midfielder and central defneder… Really?

"I know, I know [the argument] 'When players like that are available, etc etc' but Manchester United's premium now goes up desperately for a much needed midfielder and defender too!"

Collymore believes that the price United have been willing to pay for a luxury player could affect the recruitment costs of their necessary purchases, with clubs like Ajax, Aston Villa and AS Roma wanting additional millions for their respective players Daley Blind, Ron Vlaar and Mehdi Benatia; all of whom are coveted by Louis van Gaal and Manchester United.

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