The fee seems to be a matter of some debate. The Guardian reported the move will be worth around £60 million, the Daily Mirror thinks a compromise will be reached for around £64 million and BBC report that United have been quoted as much as £75 million for their man.
Whatever the fee, it seems clear that this will be an enormous sum, will break United's transfer record set earlier this year for Juan Mata and indeed will eclipse the British transfer record, which has stood since Chelsea paid £50 million for Fernando Torres in 2011.
There has, understandably to an extent, been some consternation over the amount of money United will pay, particularly when it takes a little imagination to work out where Di Maria might fit into Louis van Gaal's team, if he persists with the current 3-4-1-2 formation.
Darren Lewis of the Daily Mirror summed up the concerns that many United fans might have over the size of the deal.
However, the fee shouldn't be something any United fan should worry about. Manchester United are a moneymaking machine, something that can been seen through the sheer number of their official "commercial partners." Their latest financial statement revealed record revenues of £115.5 million for the three months to March this year, as reported by Sky Sports, and even despite the lack of European competition this year, that figure is unlikely to fall.
Additionally, the record kit deal with Adidas, announced earlier this summer, could earn the club a massive £750 million over 10 years. As the Daily Mirror reported at the time, that is more than double the revenue brought in by the next most lucrative. Additionally, their £47 million shirt sponsorship deal with Chevrolet is, according to figures collated by Sporting Intelligence, worth more than 14 Premier League clubs combined.
This is all to illustrate that United are not short of money, and that even the most significant drain on their resources, namely the debt incurred by the Glazer family when they bought the club, is becoming less of a factor.
Money is not United's problem at the moment. Having quality players is, as anyone who has watched their first two games of the season will surely be able to see clearly, and Van Gaal himself recognised it after the defeat to Swansea, as per the Daily Mail.
If nothing else, spending such a huge sum on a single player might reassure United fans that Ed Woodward wasn't bluffing when he said earlier in the summer, as quoted by The Guardian:
The reality is that we’re not afraid of spending significant amounts of money in the transfer market.
Whether it’s a record or not doesn’t really resonate with us. What resonates is an elite player that the manager wants who is going to be a star for Manchester United.
Regardless of whether any United fan might worry about where Di Maria fits in the United squad, what is surely indisputable is that he is better than the majority of their current players. For United, it's just money, so the fee for a player who can improve their side in a number of ways and positions should not be a concern.
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