The transfer fees in modern football rise from year to year, and we are now in an age where players are being bought for more than £100m.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has seen the bloated costs first-hand during his 22-year spell in charge of the Gunners.
The Frenchman will step down at the end of the season and hand the reins to a successor at the Emirates.
According to the Metro, the 68-year-old told reporters that the current Arsenal squad does not need much improvement.
However, he did warn the incoming coach that when he does dip into the market he should be prepared to spend big due to the inflated market.
Even though Wenger did not name Liverpool directly, he did use the club’s world-record £75m purchase of Virgil van Dijk from Southampton as an example of the ridiculous spending.
“There’s a good basis. We need two or three additions and this team will compete for the title next season. We don’t need massive spending. You are seeing defenders go for £70million. It is difficult to know what is a lot.”
Liverpool fans have hit back at Wenger by reminding the manager of his own expensive buys, as well as other ludicrous amounts spent by other clubs in the window.
Wenger is delusional, paying Ozil £350k a week was obscene for a player who often goes missing when he actually turns up not playing sick
— Julian Licorish (@thered1892) May 8, 2018
After what he spent on Auba and Lacazette I don’t think he should be mentioning transfer fees 😂
— George 🔴 (@George_7892) May 8, 2018
Arsenal's net spend is higher than Liverpool's under Klopp. Much higher.
— Red CodeX Concepts (@CodeRedShell) May 8, 2018
It’s modern football! I could sit typing overpriced names for hours. Stones, Walker, Pickford, Lukaku to name a few. Wenger and the owners and new stadium ruined Arsenal’s chances by refusing to evolve!
— jase skinner (@jaseskinner) May 8, 2018
Didn’t it start with Pogba for £90m 🤨
— Richie (@RichieAhmed) May 8, 2018
He's been blaming his failures on other club's spending ever since Roman bought Chelsea…
— Kevin Chan (@LuckyLukeXO) May 8, 2018
He thinks they only need two or three additions? Still deluded even now.
— Frank Xavier (@happychappy76) May 8, 2018
Or £120M combined for Laca and Auba…
— Oscar Selemba (@OscarSelemba) May 8, 2018