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Neymar transfer fee 'beyond rationality' - Wenger

Thursday, August 03, 2017 - 01:42

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Neymar's prospective record-breaking transfer fee to PSG is 'beyond rationality'.

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SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (AUGUST 3, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ARSENAL MANAGER, ARSENE WENGER, SAYING: "For me, it is the consequence of the ownerships you know that has changed completely the whole landscape of football in the last 15 years. And once a country owns a club everything is possible and so it becomes very difficult to respect financial fair play because you can have different ways or different interests to have such a big player to represent a country can justify some investments which look unusual for the game which is why I always plead for football living within its own resources." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ARSENAL MANAGER, ARSENE WENGER, SAYING: "Apart from that the numbers we are not in a period anymore where you think or you think in some places I will invest that and I will get that back. We are beyond that. There is a certain, the number today is involved a lot of passion, pride, public interest and you cannot rationalise that anymore." 4. WHITE FLASH 5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ARSENAL MANAGER, ARSENE WENGER, SAYING: "You don't have to calculate like that. Today the player is worth what the club can afford to spend. There is no anymore I would say the price of a player depends today only on the identity of the buyer and you cannot put it in the context of the market. It is the financial potential of a buyer who decides the price of a player today." STORY: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger described Neymar's prospective record-breaking transfer to Paris Saint-Germain as 'beyond rationality'. The Frenchman was speaking at a news conference on Thursday (August 3) ahead of his side's Community Shield match against Premier League champions Chelsea. Brazilian forward Neymar is on the verge of a move to the Parisien side from Barcelona for a fee of 222 million euro. Wenger said it is difficult to respect Financial Fair Play regulations when a state owns a football club and views a player like Neymar as good investment for their country. The Arsenal manager also said his side cannot compete at the same financial level as PSG and that a player is worth whatever a buying club can afford to spend. Neymar's move appeared to hit a roadblock on Thursday as La Liga rejected the payment of his Barcelona release clause, though it was not immediately clear whether it would put the brakes on the transfer.

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Neymar transfer fee 'beyond rationality' - Wenger

Thursday, August 03, 2017 - 01:42