Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger comments on proposed Man United transfer
Arsene Wenger discusses Manchester United's proposed bid to sign Paul Pogba from Juventus
Arsene Wenger has described Manchester United’s reported world-record transfer move to sign Paul Pogba from Juventus this summer as “completely crazy.”
The Red Devils have been heavily linked with a £100m bid to bring the France midfielder back to Old Trafford this summer as Jose Mourinho prepares for his first season in charge at Old Trafford.
The price of the deal is being highlighted by the fact that United let Pogba join Juventus for a reported £800,000 in 2012, when Sir Alex Ferguson was still in charge at the club.
And Wenger has given his honest take on how the transfer market is shaping up as Pogba continues to be linked with a big-money move to Manchester United.
When asked about the reported cost for the France midfielder, Wenger replied: “It is completely crazy if you cannot afford to pay it. If you can afford to pay it you can justify it.
“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 is currently gearing his Arsenal side up for the new Premier League season as they look to win the Premier League for the first time since their unbeaten triumph in 2003-04.