Arsene Wenger believes Manchester City’s £47 million swoop for John Stones has resulted in a price inflation for centre-backs.When asked if the Stones deal has inflated the market, he replied: ‘Well yes, we know that in England the transfers are very high because there’s an influx of money.
‘When you go outside England, it’s very high because you’re English. So you’re not too surprised about the transfer amount because the clubs don’t need the money in England and maybe that’s why they only weaken if the price is high.’
Wenger, though, believes there is still value for money in the market despite the astronomical amounts being spent.
‘It’s not harder to find bargains, but I think it’s harder than ever to convince people that you can buy good players at a reasonable price and that the quality is necessarily linked with the amount of money today is in everybody’s mind.
‘Most of the time it’s true – good players cost a lot of money – but you can still find players of top quality at a reasonable price sometimes.’