Arsene Wenger: Paul Pogba ticks all the boxes at Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Arsene Wenger has claimed Paul Pogba “ticks all the boxes” as a player, but questioned the astronomical fee paid for the 23-year-old by Jose Mourinho.

Manchester United made international headlines on Tuesday after they announced the signing of Paul Pogba for £89m, breaking the world transfer record set by Gareth Bale’s £85m move to Real Madrid in 2013.

Mourinho has now secured all four of his targets for this transfer window ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.

Wenger, speaking at the Premier League launch on Wednesday morning, praised the signing of Pogba and went on to question the volatile nature of the transfer market.

“The value of a player is dependent on his talent, the expected strengthening of the team, his age and of course his resale value,” he said.

“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 may question the nature of transfer fees (namely their notoriously unpredictable and excessive nature), but if a player did fit his aforementioned criteria, isn’t it worth breaking the bank for him?

Pogba serves as a fantastic example: he is extremely talented, bound to revolutionise Man United’s midfield, and is just 23-years-old, meaning his resale value in a few years time could be even more astronomical.

United should be a club the breaks barriers and smashes world records and they have done just that through bringing a true midfield superstar to Old Trafford.

Wenger, meanwhile, is scouring the lower leagues for a new acquisition. Make of that what you will.

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