Philipp Lahm has had his say on the potential mega-transfer that would see Angel Di Maria trade Manchester United for Bayern Munich this summer, and some fans might be surprised as to what he thinks.
The Germany international, according to ESPN, was quizzed on whether or not he thought the idea of Bayern purchasing Di Maria - they’ve been linked with a bid - was possible, and although he didn’t rule it out he did state that he believed the Argentina international was very expensive.
Di Maria cost United £59.7million when he was purchased from Real Madrid only a year ago, and if Bayern were to take him away from Louis van Gaal’s fold they would need to pay a similar figure.
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Lahm the accountant
"I don't know if he is a candidate. I don't know where he will go to or if he will stay," Lahm said.
"He costs a huge amount of money. There are so many factors like salary and whatever.
"There are many other people in our club who know more about that topic than me."
Potential for negotiation?
Of course one possible way for the Bavarians to potentially lower the asking price for Di Maria would be to include a player of their own in the negotiations. United have been linked with both Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thomas Muller, and though the latter appears off the cards the former could well be available.
What’s more it’s understandable that Bayern might be considering Di Maria as an option as they look to prepare replacements to the wide pairing of Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben.
Replacing Robben and Ribery
Both men are approaching the latter stages of their career and it’s said their club have already held meetings in a bid to compile a short-list of players capable of filling their boots.
Whether or not Di Maria would sufficiently do that is a question only to be answered if he moves to the Allianz Arena this summer. The only way that can happen, and Lahm is right about this, is if Pep Guardiola consents to spending a ‘huge amount’ of cash.
United fans, would you be disappointed if Di Maria left the club this summer? Let us know what you think in the comments box below.