Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said he would not make any panic buys before the transfer window shuts on Monday and aimed a sly dig about inflated fees at bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur before Sunday’s north London derby. Also Read: Transfers are robbery, says UEFA President
The Frenchman has failed to bring in any of his top targets in the close season and said he was still in the market for some new talent before Monday’s transfer deadline.
“We will not panic buy, that is for sure,” he told a news conference. “It’s not my strength to panic.”
Spurs, who visit the Emirates on Sunday (1500 GMT), have by contrast been very active in strengthening their squad while their Wales forward Gareth Bale is on the verge of a move to Real Madrid for a world record fee, according to media reports. Also Read: Podolski out for up to 10 weeks, confirms Wenger
Asked if Bale, who could join the Spanish giants for as much as 100 million euros ($132.25 million), was as good as his price tag, Wenger did not exactly rush to put him in the same bracket as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
“I don’t think at all that the prices are linked with the quality of the players, during this summer especially,” he said. “The prices today are just linked with the financial power and the desire of the buyer.
“For me, there are very, very, very, very few players who are economically justifying, or (it) makes sense to pay, over 50 million pounds.”
Arsenal’s only business so far in the close season has been bringing in French youth international forward Yaya Sanogo and re-signing midfielder Mathieu Flamini five years after the Frenchman left the club for AC Milan, both on free transfers.