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Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has slammed Arsenal’s approach in the transfer market, according to a report in Goal.com.
The super agent oversaw the most expensive transfer of the summer as he helped Pogba move from Juventus to Manchester United for a world record fee of £89m.
on completion of the deal, Wenger immediately suggested the midfielder was overpriced and Raiola has taken a swipe at the manager, claiming he lacks the confidence to do big deals.
Raiola insists Arsenal have enough money to spend in the transfer market but believes they lack the balls to make a world record signing.
“It’s not just a case of spending the money,” Raiola told the Daily Mail . “It’s shouldering the responsibility and saying ‘yes, this is my man’. Arsenal have the money, but do they have the balls?
“I respect Arsene Wenger. He has a philosophy that says the figures [I am paid] don’t match what I do, but that’s okay. I know Wenger likes Pogba but the price Juventus set for him doesn’t fit his philosophy.
“With Real Madrid, Zidane’s will was strong but we were not sure the club felt the same. Manchester United sent out a message with the transfer they did: ‘this is the biggest club in the world’.
Wenger has always stated he would not be forced to pay over the odds for a player and has also revealed he is prepared to spend big only if the player is worth it.
Pogba is a top player every manager would love to have in his squad and Wenger is no exception but the Gunners boss believes the money paid for Pogba was completely crazy, suggesting there is no way he would have sanctioned such as expensive deal.
Wenger spent around £90m on Granit Xhaka, Shkodran Mustafi, Lucas Perez and Rob Holding in the summer transfer window and one could say the French man strengthened his squad better with that amount than if had spent it on one player.