Departing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reckons Liverpool’s monster deal that brought Virgil van Dijk to Anfield has changed the market – and made it trickier for the next Gunners boss to manipulate it.
In January, Jurgen Klopp decided to make the Dutchman the world’s most expensive ever defender, spending £75m to secure him from Southampton after a lengthy, protracted saga that lasted the whole of summer 2017.
Wenger is exiting Arsenal after 22 years, but reckons whoever replaces him will struggle to bring in new players at reasonable prices.
“The squad doesn’t need much,” Wenger said, reported in the Metro. “There is huge potential in there and good spirit.
“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.”
There’s been suggestions Jurgen Klopp’s former no.2 Zeljko Buvac, who left the club a week ago in controversial, ambiguous circumstances, might be the man to take Wenger’s job.
But the Independent is suggesting Max Allegri is now favourite.
In all honesty, we’ll be far more interested in which players Klopp brings in…
His Liverpool outfit are a few key arrivals away from challenging for the Premier League title.
Naby Keita is already confirmed, but a top keeper, an anchorman, a creative attacker and another winger would do very nicely.