Hands up if you think that it’s possible to have too much money?
Manchester City are reportedly leading the race to sign Ángel Di María from Benfica during the January transfer window.
A report in today’s Telegraph newspaper suggests that his club are eager to move the Argentinean winger on in the upcoming window before a lower buy-out clause kicks in at the end of the season.
Chelsea had also been monitoring the situation but have baulked at the asking price of £36m, leaving City as the main contenders for his signature.
Manchester United are also showing signs of interest in the 21-year-old, who has three caps for his country. (Independent)
Let’s look at the stats for the start of the season at Eastlands. On only one occasions this season have Man City failed to score so clearly opportunities are being made and put away by the stunning array of attacking talent at the club so one wonders why the club would want/need to fork out such an obscene sum on the Argentine attacker.
Now if they just took that large sum of money and maybe bought another centre back, perhaps one more defensive midfielder then I could understand that, but sometimes spending money just for the sake of it doesn’t work. Many have compared Angel Di Maria to Cristiano Ronaldo but it’s a comparison that is not in anyway based in reality.
Yes he has effective at Benfica but has hardly set the world alight and his few appearances for his country have also failed to display the kind of credentials needed to command such an immense fee. There is a danger that Man City, like Chelsea before them, could be taken for a ride simply because any club willing to offload a player to them will know that no price could be considered too high, hell we are talking about a club that spent 20 odd million on Joleon Lescott!
I think Mark Hughes will see sense and steer clear of this hugely inflated target.