Arsene Wenger believes the days of £200million transfers are not far away if football continues along the same path.
Arsenal’s Premier League rivals Manchester United broke the world transfer record earlier in the week when they paid £89million to Juventus to take Paul Pogba back to Old Trafford.
That deal continues a trend which has seen the record extended by nearly £75million in 20 years, with the likes of Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale previously holding the tag of the world’s most expensive player.
Wenger’s own record signing came when Arsenal – currently priced at 6/1 with Titanbet to win the Premier League – paid in excess of £40million to sign Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid and he has previously criticised the amount of money that has been spent recently.
And the Frenchman, whose side welcome Liverpool to the Emirates Stadium for their Premier League opener on Sunday, believes the figures will continue to grow.
Asked how long it would be until a club pays up to £200m for a player, Wenger replied: “Not long.
“I have said that since I have been in the game that at some point it has to stop, but as long as football continues to develop and becomes more popular, more money will come in.
“What is interesting to see is that today, you have a local business and you just want to survive or you have a world business and the money comes in, whether it is Google, Facebook, football or any other sport, they are worldwide so you can’t set any limitations on the income.
“If football continues to be popular it may become much higher in the future.”