The Daily Mail’s transfer peddlers have gone big on 9/2 Premier League pokes Manchester United this morning, with the 13-time title winners linked with three World Cup 2014 semi-finalists at a whopping combined cost of £80m.
Old Trafford supremo Ed Woodward made some tasty claims about the Red Devils’ spending power earlier this summer, so big-money moves certainly can’t be discounted with less than a month to go until the transfer window closes.
Angel di Maria – Evens to be a Man Utd player by 02/09/14
Like Mesut Ozil last summer, Di Maria has been identified as the valuable chip Los Blancos need to cash in order to stay on the right side of Financial Fair Play.
According to the Mail’s triple ‘scoop’, £50m of United’s reported £80m outlay will wing it’s way to the Bernabeu boardroom in return for the Argentine, who took UEFA’s man-of-the-match award in Real Madrid’s Champions League win over Atletico Madrid in May.
Daley Blind – 2/5 to be a Man Utd player by 02/09/14
Louis van Gaal recently highlighted the small fees Eredivisie sides’command for their men relative to other leagues, whilst commenting on the football education players receive in the Netherlands, which the ‘Iron Tulip’ clearly rates highly.
Versatile World Cup defender/midfielder Blind is a case in point, with the Mail claiming Ajax want £15m for a player described as the best on the pitch by the BBC’s Thierry Henry when the Netherlands stuffed Spain 5-1 in Brazil.
If that was even up for debate he should be worth twice as much.
Rojo is the surprise name of this trio, as the Argentine World Cup regular was trailed as a potential replacement at centre-half for Dejan Lovren at Southampton last month.
The Saints are said to have offered £9.5m, but the Mail claims United will have to pay just under twice that figure to tempt Sporting to cash in on the 24-year-old.