Arsene Wenger says Manchester United’s £36-58 million signing of Anthony Martial demonstrates the lack of quality available in the transfer market.
Martial became the world’s most expensive teenager as he joined United from Monaco in a deadline day that could eventually be worth up to £58 million – that, despite the fact that the 19-year-old has only made 52 appearances in Ligue 1.
Wenger believes that Martial’s move to Old Trafford only goes to show how the market has changed with promising players commanding huge transfer fees.
“What happened last night with Monaco, who sold Martial to Manchester United for €80 million, I’ve heard. Martial scored 11 goals in the French championship – that sums it up all well,” Wenger told beIN Sports.
“That means it’s not the money that’s missing at the moment, it’s not the desire of investment that’s missing, it’s the number of players available who can strengthen the big clubs.
“So am I happy with the investment I make? Yes. Every time, I bought [Alexis] Sanchez, I bought [Mesut] Ozil, I bought [Petr] Cech, I bought Gabriel last year, [Mathieu] Debuchy, but when you have to invest when you find the players you have to invest the money.
“The problem at the moment is to find the players that guarantees that you are a better team after,” he added.
“Martial is a huge talent, he’s 19 years old, the investment is absolutely huge as well, that shows you that there’s not many players in the world who can strengthen these teams.”