Roy Keane has slammed modern transfer fees as “mind-boggling,” and claims his former teammateÂ Ryan Giggs would be worth Â£2 billion in today’s market.
He also says both David Beckham and Ruud van Nistelrooy would be worthÂ but reckons he’d still only be worthÂ Â£3.75Â million – the fee Manchester United paid Nottingham Forest for his services in 1993.
The Premier LeagueÂ spending this summer hasÂ broken all previous records, and Keane says average players are costing clubs Â£35 million.
“David Beckham?Â A billion.Â Ryan Giggs?” “Two billion,” the Republic of Ireland international claimed when asked how much his former teammates would be worth now.
“I don’t really analyse it too much, but that’s the market place at the moment. There aren’t many top players out there. The really big players are going for big money and it’s filtering down now.
“When average players are going for Â£30-40million, it does make you scratch your head. But if the clubs are prepared to pay that, then it’s not the players’ fault.”
“It’s great to be back in the working environment. We have all had a good break, but when football is in your blood, it’s in your blood and you look forward to these challenges.
“If we’re here for another three years, fantastic, but of course results will dictate that, no doubt.”