Arsene Wenger has toned down his assessment of Paul Pogba‘s world-record move to Manchester United but feels Arsenal and other clubs find themselves at the mercy of a wildly spiralling transfer market.
Pogba’s return to Old Trafford from Juventus has marked the latest front in Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho‘s long-running verbal feud, with the Manchester United boss unhappy at the Arsenal manager’s assessment of the deal as being “completely crazy”.
United’s neighbours Manchester City made John Stones the most expensive defender in Premier League history on the heels of the Pogba deal and Wenger, who has struggled in the search for significant Arsenal additions following the early close-season capture of Granit Xhaka, believes the money coursing through English football is causing unpredictability.
“The value of a player is dependent on his talent, the expected strengthening of the team, his age and of course his resale value,” he told Sky Sports.
“When you speak about Paul Pogba it ticks all these boxes – but we are in a system that we don’t master.
“We have to follow the prices paid by other people. That has gone up because the available of money is much higher. That’s why we’ve crossed the £100m bar for the first time.
“It makes the market more unpredictable. Where you could approximately value a player before, today the identity of a club that comes in for a transfer is more important than the rest.
“If you go to Spain and you’re an English club – straight away the inflation comes in. So I would say, in France the clubs amongst themselves are very reasonable.