Chelsea icon Ray Wilkins: Manchester United seem ‘desperate’ to sign Angel di Maria

Angel Di Maria

Former Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins believes that Manchester United’s hunt for Real Madrid winger Angel di Maria is 'desperate'.

That Angel di Maria is a world-class player cannot be disputed, but concerns have been raised on the transfer fee Manchester United have to pay to sign him from Real Madrid.

It is widely believed that it will cost the Red Devils over £60 million to recruit the Argentina international winger, with some reports claiming that the price could rise to even £75m.

According to Chelsea icon Ray Wilkins, that’s quite a lot of money for a player who cannot get into the first team of Madrid.

Speaking to talkSPORT, the former Manchester United midfielder gave his view on the matter and said: At £75m, it seems a lot of money to me.

‘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’.

If reports of United paying £75m are true, then indeed the Manchester outfit are paying over the top for Di Maria, especially when one takes into account that the player wants to leave Madrid, who are also seemingly happy to see him go. In such cases, the price of a player goes down, not up.

But in Di Maria, United are getting a world-class player who was better and more important to Madrid than Gareth Bale last season. The former Benfica star scored four goals and provided 17 assists in 27 La Liga starts, and three goals and five assists in 11 Champions League appearances.

Di Maria is 26 years of age, works hard, is inundated with pace and is willing to reinvent himself for the good of the team. The 2014 Champions League winner will be a great signing for United.

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