London, Aug 10 (IANS) Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that new signee Paul Pogba is a perfect fit for Manchester United, believing English clubs are forced to pay over the odds to buy footballers from abroad.
Pogba completed his long-awaited transfer from Italian champions Juventus to United earlier this week for a world-record fee of 89 million pounds ((approximately $115.6 million), which could potentially rise due to several add-on clauses in his contract.
Wenger also added that United have captured one of the most sought-after talents in world football, but believes they may have paid too much for the French 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 was quoted as saying by Sky Sports on Wednesday.
“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.”
Wenger believes Pogba’s world record transfer is a fair reflection of the current transfer market – where English clubs are forced to pay more for players than their European counterparts.
“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,” the veteran manager said.
“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,” the Frenchman added.
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