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Sunday 25 September 2016

Wenger: Pogba fee 'complete madness'

Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba

Arsene Wenger believes Paul Pogba's proposed £100million move to Manchester United represents the "complete madness" of the modern transfer market.

France midfielder Pogba is reportedly set to join United for a nine-figure sum and Arsenal manager Wenger, who is currently in Los Angeles with the Gunners ahead of a pre-season friendly meeting with Chivas, suggested he would not pay over the odds for any player. He said: "It's complete madness when measured against real life, but we live in a world in which everything that happens is geared towards moving money around.

"It's complete madness - but it seems that if you can afford to do it, you can justify it. Football has become a global competition and that is why clubs are chucking these kinds of sums around.

"Does it make sense because the player can deliver a return on that investment? I don't think anyone can make that call.

"Since I've been in the game I've always thought there would be a limit to how much clubs could spend on a player but it looks like I've been proved wrong. Maybe in a few years' time we'll be talking about fees of 200 or 300million..."

United's pursuit of Pogba looks set to drag on for a few more days with no deal yet in place with Juventus.

Pogba's agent Mino Raiola tweeted: "Journalist = parrots. No deal done between clubs. It's a game between Italy press and UK press who announce it first and who is worse."

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