Eastlands ready to pay kings ransom for South American pair…I think not.
Manchester City are rumoured to have agreed to smash the British transfer record with a £40 million bid for Benfica winger Angel Di Maria.
And City are also happy to top up their vast outlay to Benfica by a further £35 million for highly-rated centre half David Luiz. Well-placed insiders have told ESPNsoccernet that they believe a £75 million bid for the Benfica pair will be successful, as it tops all previous offers from rival suitors.
Such spending further increases the suspicion that City have a transfer budget that could even blow Roman Abramovich out of the water. City are being consistently linked with moves for Liverpool pair Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard.
A summer outlay that could come close, or even surpass £200 million is not out of the question, particularly if they can beat Spurs on Wednesday to reach the Champions League and thus be more attractive to the pick of the world’s best.
A Premier League transfer specialist told Soccernet on Monday evening: “The word is that Manchester City have already agreed £40m for the Argentine winger and £35m for the centre-half both from Benfica. Di Maria played well against Everton and also Liverpool, and while plenty of the biggest clubs want him, you will find City are willing to pay just that little bit more to get the players they want.
“They’ve got the money, and they are spending it, and of course you wouldn’t be surprised if they went for Torres and Gerrard, but a lot will depend if they can reach the Champions League and we shall all know a lot more by the time they play Spurs on Wednesday at Eastlands.” (ESPN)
One wonders who, or indeed what, the Premier League transfer specialist is? What does such a job entail? I would be supremely surprised if even Manchester City would spend so much on these two. I know they paid a hefty chunk of cash on Joleon Lescott but that doesn’t mean they are just going to waste money just for the sake of it.
Angel Di Maria a good player, but he is not a great one, not yet at least. Considering neither Benfica man has plied his trade in a major European League, i.e. one of the big four (German, English, Italian or Spanish) I see no reason why anyone will pay over the odds for either.
These sums are just not realistic. In all likelihood these figures and indeed the speculation as a whole, is either a construct of a bored journalist or an over eager agent. Lets look at the facts for a second. David Luiz worth £35m? We are talking about a Brazilian who is yet to have earned a full international cap!
I think its best to consign this story to the bin marked “never going to happen” which is currently littered with a great many such stories. Manchester City may have limitless funds but they are not foolish enough to pay such ridiculous fees for decent to good players. Only if they were chasing a set of genuine Galaticos would such valuations be a possibility.