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Can Man Utd buy success with Di Maria?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 01:43

Manchester United smashed the British transfer record by signing Argentina winger Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid for 59.7 million pounds ($98.79 million). But as Hayley Platt reports he's just one of many big money soccer players in Europe.

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He was one of Real Madrid's best players. Now Angel di Maria will be trying to boost the fortunes of one of Britain's top clubs. Manchester United has agreed to pay £60 million - that's 75 million euros - for the winger. A new British record and the sixth most expensive global soccer signing. Gareth Bale remains the most expensive. Real Madrid reportedly paid over a 100 million euros million for him - around twelve million more than they paid for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009 Real also bought James Rodriguez for over 70 million euros. This summer their rival Barcelona reportedly paid between 80 million and 95 million for Luis Suarez. Just six months after they bought Neymar for around 86 million euros. So can money buy success? It certainly seems so at Real Madrid Last season the Spanish giants won the European champions league for the 10th time. Man U will be hoping Di Maria can change their losing streak. The club hasn't won a league match since Louis van Gaal took over as manager. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNNAMED MANCHESTER UNITED FAN SAYING: "I think he's overpriced, but he's a Latino-based player so he's fast, I've seen him play for Real Madrid. He might be the right guy but I think 60 million is a bit too much." (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNNAMED MANCHESTER UNITED FAN SAYING: "He doesn't pay the price, we don't, but he's certainly going to be a great addition to the squad." After the latest humiliating 4-0 defeat by a club two divisions lower, Man U may need all the help it can get. Van Gaal was certainly stunned by the thrashing. But can one player - however valuable - bring success and riches back to Manchester United.

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Can Man Utd buy success with Di Maria?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 01:43