Wenger weighs in on ‘illogical’ Paul Pogba and Jadon Sancho transfer situations

Jadon Sancho and Paul Pogba are two of the long-running transfer stories in world football.

Pogba’s Manchester United future has remained uncertain for a number of months after his public flirtations with Real Madrid.

Sancho, on the other hand, has been linked with a big-money move back to the Premier League to head to Old Trafford, several years after leaving Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund.

The two players might be heading in opposite directions but they have similarities having both come through the youth ranks of Premier League clubs before big-money transfers.

Pogba cost a world-record fee to bring back to Old Trafford from Juventus whilst the Red Devils are again ready to splash the cash on Sancho at some stage.

And former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits being baffled by the approach to transfers that he believes is not "logical".

He told BBC Radio 4: "What I find at the moment a little bit surprising is that England made a huge effort to educate young players but the system of the Premier League is so tough and the level is so high that you have paradoxical situations.

”I give you two examples: Pogba was partly educated in England, he went for free and England bought him back for £100million [sic].

“Jadon Sancho has been partly educated at Manchester City, if you want him back today you have to pay £100million.

"You buy at a huge price players you have educated yourself. That's something I don't find logical at all.”

Wenger had a reputation for developing top talent during his unforgettable 22 years in charge at Arsenal.

But he insists nobody ever exceeded his expectations.

Asked at a London Palladium event which of the players he developed had exceeded his expectations the most, Wenger said: "Nobody. I always expected the best from everybody.

"One of the lessons I learned in my life by being in touch with top level players is that people reach a very good level – and it's not only in sport – at a very young age and do not move a lot after.

"As human beings we tend to do what is easy for us and not always what is right for us. I met more people who could have done more, even top, top talents. That's the experience of my life."

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