Roy Keane is a man never scared of sharing his thoughts when it comes to any topic of debate in football – and the Ireland assistant manager has just shared his thoughts on the rising prices in transfer markets.
Speaking to the assembled press ahead of Ireland’s crucial 2018 World Cup Qualifiers against Georgia and Serbia – Keane was quizzed on his thoughts on the current inflation of the game and shared his views as well as commenting on the prices that some of his former Manchester United team mates would now command.
The Mayfield man described the current figures as ‘mind-boggling’ – as well as conceding that average footballers are now going for fees in the region of £35M. Whilst acknowledging that this is not the players’ fault, Keane seemed only delighted when asked to compare the footballers of now with the footballers of yesterday.
Were some of the finest players to grace the field at Old Trafford still playing in their primes, the former United captain reckons that Ruud Van Nistelrooy and David Beckham would’ve been worth one billion pounds – whilst Ryan Giggs would’ve been worth double that.
As is often the case with Roy, the topic ended on a light-hearted note – as when quizzed about his own potential worth – he replied that he would be worth £3.75M – the same fee Manchester United paid Nottingham Forest to sign the midfielder in 1993.
Click on the video link below to watch the discussion.
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