Arsene Wenger: This Jose Mourinho Transfer Is 'Complete Madness'

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger at Emirates Stadium, London, May 15. The Frenchman has criticized Manchester United's transfer spending. Julian Finney/Getty

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes modern professional football has lost a sense of financial perspective, as the Frenchman tore into Manchester United's prospective deal for Paul Pogba.

Wenger has been notably restrained in recent seasons in the transfer market, and this summer his only signing so far has been Granit Xhaka, the Swiss midfielder from Borussia Monchengladbach.

United, by contrast, has invested heavily under new manager Jose Mourinho and is edging nearer to tying up a £100 million ($132.5 million) deal for Pogba, the Juventus and France superstar—spending on a scale that has irked Wenger.

"It's complete madness when measured against real life, but we live in a world in which everything that happens is geared towards moving money around," Wenger told Tuttosport in Italy.

"It's complete madness—but it seems that if you can afford to do it, you can justify it. Football has become a global competition and that is why clubs are chucking these kinds of sums around.

"Does it make sense because the player can deliver a return on that investment? I don't think anyone can make that call.

"Since I've been in the game I've always thought there would be a limit to how much clubs could spend on a player but it looks like I've been proved wrong."

Should a deal for Pogba be completed, the 23-year-old would become the first £100 million transfer in football history.