The transfer fee for Angel di Maria (pictured with his wife Jorgelina Cardoso) to move from Real Madrid to Manchester United was 59.7 million pounds - a record in the British market. Photo: Reuters    The transfer fee for Angel di Maria (pictured with his wife Jorgelina Cardoso) to move from Real Madrid to Manchester United was 59.7 million pounds - a record in the British market. Photo: Reuters
The transfer fee for Angel di Maria (pictured with his wife Jorgelina Cardoso) to move from Real Madrid to Manchester United was 59.7 million pounds - a record in the British market. Photo: Reuters
Peter Simpson
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Peter Simpson

Home And Away: Soccer's money wheel just spins on regardless

In era of tight budgets, the huge sums splashed out on player transfers makes everyone wince

The transfer fee for Angel di Maria (pictured with his wife Jorgelina Cardoso) to move from Real Madrid to Manchester United was 59.7 million pounds - a record in the British market. Photo: Reuters    The transfer fee for Angel di Maria (pictured with his wife Jorgelina Cardoso) to move from Real Madrid to Manchester United was 59.7 million pounds - a record in the British market. Photo: Reuters
The transfer fee for Angel di Maria (pictured with his wife Jorgelina Cardoso) to move from Real Madrid to Manchester United was 59.7 million pounds - a record in the British market. Photo: Reuters
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Peter Simpson

Peter Simpson

Peter Simpson is a China-UK based journalist and the SCMP’s former Beijing 2008 Olympics news editor. He has covered major international news and sporting events, most recently the London 2012 Olympics and Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine. Peter is a Premier League season ticket holder at newly promoted Southampton FC.