Alexis Sanchez is better value than Angel di Maria, says Michael Owen

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Manchester United and Real Madrid have failed to get value money in their respective singings of Angel di Maria and James Rodriguez, while Arsenal's signing of Alexis Sanchez and Chelsea's recruitment of Diego Costa are two great pieces of business.

That was the view posited by England and Premier League legend Michael Owen when taking part in a question and answer session with the public on Sportlobster, where he was asked if he thought the Gunners star was the signing of the season.


Without going quite so far so to label Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's transfer work as the best going, Owen agreed there has been substantial "value" in the Chilean's arrival. He also suggested that Jose Mourinho had been on the money by having Chelsea snap up Diego Costa - both reportedly cost in the region of £35million.

However, Louis van Gaal was not quite so lucky; Owen believes Manchester United have paid over the odds to bring in Angel di Maria from Real Madrid this summer. That purchase cost them a staggering £60million, smashing the club record they spent buying Juan Mata in January.

"I think him [Sanchez] and Costa look real value for money. I'd say those two were better value than the likes of Di Maria and [James] Rodriguez," was his response to the question.

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Now, Manchester United fans may disagree with this view, but the evidence so far suggests that Wenger and Mourinho have one up over Van Gaal. Not to mention Carlo Ancelotti at the Santiago Bernabeu, who saw Di Maria sold as part of the plan to purchase Rodriguez for a reported £63million.

Sanchez has already bagged eight goals in only 12 Premier League appearances, while Costa has managed a sensational 11 in 11 - only Sergio Aguero is above the Brazilian-born striker, with 12 to his tally.

Fizzled out

Meanwhile, a lively start to Di Maria's campaign appears to have fizzled out and a series of subdued performances in recount weeks ended up being compounded by picking up a hamstring injury at the weekend.

There is no word yet as to exactly how long the Argentina international will her out for, but it is a major blow to Van Gaal as he had made the speedy attacker a central part of his game plan. It's also not great for Di Maria, who will now face a period of recovery and trying to get up to speed, further delaying Premier League crowds' opportunity to see his best form.

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