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Transfer Balls: Man Utd To Make Angel Di Maria World’s First £100m Footballer?

By Anorak


What is Angel Di Maria worth? Is he heading from Real Madrid to Manchester United? The Red Devils do look well-placed to sign the player, but for how much?

Today, the Daily Mail leads with news that the Argentinian urchin wanted by United is worth £100million!


He’d be the world’s first £100m footballer. The Mail adds:

“It is understood United have told the Argentine that, with performance-based incentives, they will pay him around £200,000 a week.

“Over a five-year deal that would take United’s investment to £100m when a transfer fee of around £50m is included.”

Number of facts in the story of back up the headline: none

Number of quotes to back up the headline: none.

Of course, once one newspaper publishes the balls, the others copy it.

The Express reports:


“The eye-watering deal the Red Devils are believed to have offered Di Maria would be worth around £50m, with the transfer fee included taking the total package to £100m.”

“Believed”? By whom?

The Mirror adds a question mark to make it’s balls look more thoughtful. The Mirror loves a question mark after a headline.

It used to be that journalists offered answers and sources. Now they just add a question mark to any old guff…


New day, same old balls.

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By Chris on August 18th, 2014 in Man Utd, Newsnow, Real Madrid, Transfers & Rumours. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

10 Responses to “Transfer Balls: Man Utd To Make Angel Di Maria World’s First £100m Footballer?”

  1. Rev says:

    Since when were we including unpaid wages in transfer prices? Ronaldo’s price would have been knocking on £200m if that was the case

  2. Wilma says:

    @Rev: eeeeeeeeeexactly

  3. Dave says:

    Who the fuck wrote this? As Rev says, when including wages, £100m spent on a player happened years and years ago. Why is there an article purely commenting on tabloid speculation? This isn’t Goal! Not the type of article I expect from Pies… Standards have been lowering themselves on this once great website

  4. Buhal says:

    It’d be a mouthwatering deal but i do believe it as a false story.

  5. Jarren says:

    @Dave: I happen to think the exact opposite about WAATP.

  6. Dave says:

    @Chris & Jarren

    Nah I know you’re saying that it’s balls, and that’s the point of it. Just would hate to see Pies turn into Goal haha, Pies is one of the best footy websites around and I hope it stays that way.

  7. Joe says:

    So what’s different about the Pies headline for this story?

  8. RowZ! says:

    I think I here the sound of the point of the article being missed! Read people, then think, then form opinions. I find doing things in that order helps.

  9. Mr Cheeks says:

    …but you’ve just done exactly what you’re accusing those daft newspapers of doing with your headline. “Ridiculous Rag Chancers Start Nonsense £100m Di Maria Rumour” should be your tag. At the moment, you’ve kept up the click-bait tradition and ended up coming off a bit hypocritical.

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