Wenger foresees transfer shake-up


Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger gestures on the touchline during the English League Cup third ...
Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger gestures on the touchline during the English League Cup third round football match between Arsenal and Doncaster Rovers at The Emirates Stadium in London on September 20, 2017. The veteran manager has predicted a radical shift to the transfer market. AFP PHOTO

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes there will be a radical overhaul of the transfer market within the next year following the stratospheric spending of the close-season trading period.

Paris Saint-Germain smashed the world transfer record to sign Neymar from Barcelona for 222 million euros ($266 million), while Premier League clubs spent £1.4 billion ($1.9 billion, 1.6 billion euros).

German chancellor Angela Merkel urged the sport’s authorities to curb spiralling fees earlier this month and Wenger said the intervention of such a figure proved it was time for change.

“Something will happen. It is for the first time that, politically, the German prime minister came out,” he said in comments published by British newspapers on Saturday.

“I think politically something will happen in the next 12 months to regulate and limit the transfer amount.

“You have to go one of two ways – regulate it properly or leave it completely open. But you cannot be in between.

“That is where we are at the moment. That is only to the advantage of some clubs who can deal with rules in a legal way.

“The regulation has to be stricter and clearer or open it completely: you can do what you want, provided you can guarantee you have the money to pay.

Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar controls the ball next to Paris Saint-Germain's French forward Kylian MBappe (R) during a training session at the club's training center in Saint-Germain-en-Laye on September 21, 2017. The two are some of the world players who have attracted astronomical amounts in the transfer market AFP PHOTO.
Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar controls the ball next to Paris Saint-Germain’s French forward Kylian MBappe (R) during a training session at the club’s training center in Saint-Germain-en-Laye on September 21, 2017. The two are some of the world players who have attracted astronomical amounts in the transfer market AFP PHOTO.

“At the moment, we are a bit in between and that does not work.”

Wenger believes the high fees will increase the likelihood of players running down their contracts and then leaving clubs on free transfers.

Both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are in the final years of their Arsenal contracts.

Arsenal's Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez takes a freekick during the UEFA Europa League Group H football match between Arsenal and FC Cologne at The Emirates Stadium in London on September 14, 2017.Sanchez, a top- dog at Arsenal is expected to ditch the Emirates outfit on a free-transfer in the summer. Arsenal won the game 3-1. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNIS
Arsenal’s Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez takes a freekick during the UEFA Europa League Group H football match between Arsenal and FC Cologne at The Emirates Stadium in London on September 14, 2017.Sanchez, a top- dog at Arsenal is expected to ditch the Emirates outfit on a free-transfer in the summer.
Arsenal won the game 3-1. AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNIS

“With the amount of transfer levels and the expected amount of contracts the players want, you will have more and more players going into the final year of their contract,” Wenger said.

“You will be in a position where you either extend for money you cannot afford or you go into the final year of their contract.

“This season there were 107 players in the Premier League who got into the final year of their contract for the first time and you will see that more. The clubs want too much for normal players.

“So what happens? The club cannot sell and doesn’t extend the contract, so more and more players are going into the final year.”

For Citizen TV updates
Join @citizentvke Telegram channel



Video Of The Day: KEBS MD says no mercury found in sugar

Story By AFP
More by this author