Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he’s on the hunt for a new centre back, but also called the potential Paul Pogba fee “completely crazy.”
Wenger was asked about Pogba’s possible move to Manchester United and the rumored £100 million price.
“It is completely crazy if you cannot afford to pay it. If you can afford to pay it you can justify it,” Wenger said.
“It is completely crazy if you compare it to normal life. That is for sure. But we live in a world where every activity that is worldwide makes a lot of money.
“Football has become a worldwide competition and that is why clubs can afford to do it. Does it make sense in the way the player can give you that investment back? Nobody ever could calculate.
“Since I am in this sport I always thought the record cannot go higher and I was always wrong. Maybe in a few years it will be 200, 300 [million], who knows.”
Wenger confirmed that he expects a new centre back to join the club as Per Mertesacker is out injured, and won’t be back until the new year. Recent reports has linked the Gunners with Valencia’s German international Shkodran Mustafi.
“Certainly I don’t count that Per will be back before the end of the year,” Wenger said. “I will miss him deeply. He is a leader on the pitch and off. We [have lost] a heavyweight in our dressing room.”
Arsenal are heading back to Europe after playing two matches in the United States. They will take on Viking FK in a friendly match on Friday in Norway.