Cape Town - Ex-Manchester United player Ray Wilkins has given his scathing opinion on the situation at his former club.
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“At £75million, it seems a lot of money to me," said Wilkins, according to talkSPORT.
"It's quite sad when one club becomes so desperate that the transfer fee will be elevated massively."
Wilkins thinks United are paying well above the market value for a player who does not start for his club.
"This is one case where, all of a sudden, it goes from £50m on Friday to another half of that. So we've gone to £75m for a player that can't get in the first team at Madrid."
"He's extremely talented, but I'm worried about the money. They have to bring a few more in and it could spiral and spiral.
“This is the second year when they haven’t worked quick enough in the transfer market."
Manchester United are expected to announce the deal on Tuesday, August 26 and hope that the Argentine star will be ready to play against Burnley on Saturday, August 30.
About Ray Wilkins:
Wilkins played at top flight level in a 24 year career and was capped by the England national team.
He played as a midfielder and made over 150 appearances for both Chelsea and then Manchester United in an illustrious career.
Wilkins then moved onto management and has had several jobs including a job as caretaker manager at Chelsea, a role which lasted one game when Guus Hiddink took over at the Blues.
The former England midfielder is also a regular pundit on British television.