With Neymar’s move to Paris Saint-Germain now official, and the French club paying Barcelona €222m, his full release clause, Arsene Wenger shared his opinion, focusing on who owns PSG.
For me, it is the consequence of the ownership and that has completely changed the whole landscape of football in the last 15 years. Once a country owns a club, everything is possible. It becomes very difficult to respect the financial fair play because you can have different ways or different interests for a country to have such a big player to represent them. It can’t justify the investments and looks unusual for the game
the Arsenal manager told reporters, without naming the people behind Qatar Sports Investments, the company that owns PSG since 2010, but making it very clear of what he thinks about their involvement in football.
When you think that Trevor Francis was the first £1m player and that looked unreasonable, it shows you how much distance and how far we have come, how big football has become. It’s beyond calculation and beyond rationality
the Frenchman said, referring to Francis, who joined Nottingham Forest from Birmingham City in 1979, in what was record transfer back then.