Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says that with the influx of cash in England, the landscape of the transfer market has changed.
Wenger is known as a shrewd negotiator, some would say cheap, and has complained on several occasions about players being too expensive. The Frenchman called the price for Paul Pogba’s move to Manchester United “completely crazy” and indicated that they might have overpaid to land the sought after midfielder.
“The value of a player is dependent on his talent, the expected strengthening of the team, his age and of course his resale value,” Wenger told Sky Sports.
“When you speak about 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 availability of money is much higher. That’s why we may have crossed the £100m bar for the first time.”
Wenger said it’s a fair reflection of the current market, where English clubs will be paying a premium because of the new tv-deals.
“It makes the market more unpredictable,” Wenger said. “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. If an English club comes in, the price goes straight away up because they know there is money in England.”